HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) can affect brain function and motor skills. This condition is known as HIV associated dementia and affects around 50% of people with HIV.

HIV associated dementia can be difficult to diagnose as other conditions, like depression, infections or side effects of medication can create similar symptoms.

HIV associated dementia may cause:

  • Poor concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Slowed movements
  • Personality changes.
  • Lack of coordination

AIDS Dementia Complex is typically seen in the later stages of HIV/AIDS. The symptoms vary widely from person to person.

AIDS Dementia Complex may cause:

  • Mental slowness
  • Difficulty learning new things
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Forgetfulness/memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty finding words
  • Withdrawal from hobbies or social activities
  • Depression.

For more information, download our information sheet.

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