Study Shows One in Four HIV Patients Have Neurological Problems

A recent Canadian research reveals that one in four people infected with HIV suffer from neurological complications. Those that do have such health problems harbor double the risk of dying compared to those who are not plagued with neurological diseases.

Although HIV patients are able to live longer due to antiretroviral therapies, the study–which was published on the September 28 issue of Neurology–proves that neurological disease is a major cause of disability for people afflicted with the dreaded virus.

The study was conducted on over 1,600 HIV patients who were receiving treatment between 1998 and 2008. Among these patients, about 400 had neurological problems that range from seizures, dementia, nerve pain in the limbs, memory loss, headaches, and other opportunistic infections of the central nervous system.

The study also reveals that patients with full-blown AIDS are twice as more commonly have a certain type of brain disorder compared to HIV patients who have not advanced to that stage.

Source: Businessweek

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