July/August #156 : Be a Brainiac - by Laura Whitehorn

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Child, Alive

In the Eye of the Beholder

Troubled Minds

Be a Brainiac

Family Planning

The Heart of the Matter

Med Alert

Hep C


Kombucha Tea to...Gila Monster Spit?

Cool Veggies, Hot Flavors

Hand to Mouth

Bar Resistance

Provide and Conquer

Good Habits

Summer Musts!

Breaking Barriers


Maybe Baby

Editor's Letter-July/August 2009

Your Feedback-July/August 2009

No Child Left Behind

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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July / August 2009

Be a Brainiac

by Laura Whitehorn

HIV can cause cognitive problems. With help from Scott Letendre, MD, of the University of California in San Diego, we offer these tips for fighting brain drain:

•    DO note lapses in memory or motor abilities. Early detection allows early treatment, increasing your chance to reverse any problems totally.

•    DON’T do meth or coke. These drugs have been shown to damage the brain—even when used occasionally.

•    DO try crosswords, sudoku and other mental challenges. They won’t fully protect your brain, but they may help remedy impaired functioning and help you notice when problems are worsening.

•    DO take all HIV meds consistently. Keeping HIV checked can help keep CD4 levels up. (Low CD4 counts seem to connect with brain problems.)

•    DO choose an HIV med that penetrates the central nervous system if you have cognitive problems before you start your first HIV regimen (see box below).

The Latest List of HIV meds that cross into the brain: zidovudine (in Retrovir, Combivir and Trizivir); abacavir (in Ziagen, Epzicom and Trizivir); emtricitabine (in Emtriva, Truvada and Atripla); nevirapine (Viramune); lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra); maraviroc (Selzentry); and ritonavir-boosted atazanavir (Reyataz); fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan) and darunavir (Prezista).                    


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