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How does human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affect my brain?

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You're more likely to get infections that can cause inflammation in your brain and spinal cord. That can lead to confusion and other thinking problems as well as weakness, headaches, seizures, and balance problems.

When AIDS is very far along, you can have problems remembering things.

Having HIV can also affect your mental health. Many people living with it have depression or anxiety.

From: How HIV Affects Your Body WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Kaminski, D. : "HIV and Inflammation: A New Threat." The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

Summit Medical Group: "HIV and the Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "How Does HIV/AIDS Affect the Eye?"

American Heart Association: "HIV and Cardiovascular Disease," "Wellness Checklist: Know Where You Stand."

American Family Physician: "Common Side Effects of HIV Medicines."

AIDS.gov: "Staying Healthy with HIV/AIDS: Potential Related Health Problems: Kidney Disease."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on April 12, 2019

SOURCES:

Kaminski, D. : "HIV and Inflammation: A New Threat." The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

Summit Medical Group: "HIV and the Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "How Does HIV/AIDS Affect the Eye?"

American Heart Association: "HIV and Cardiovascular Disease," "Wellness Checklist: Know Where You Stand."

American Family Physician: "Common Side Effects of HIV Medicines."

AIDS.gov: "Staying Healthy with HIV/AIDS: Potential Related Health Problems: Kidney Disease."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on April 12, 2019

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