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Type: Published Manuscript
Title: Co-factors in HIV neurobehavioural disturbances: substance abuse, Hepatitis C and aging.
Authors: Gonzalez R, Cherner M
Year: 2008
Publication: International Review of Psychiatry (Abingdon, England)
Volume: 20 Issue: 1 Pages: 49-60
Abstract:Neurocognitive disturbances associated with HIV infection may be modulated or confounded by coexisting and comorbid conditions that reflect the changing populations affected by the disease. HIV infection is often accompanied by substance dependence and/or hepatitis C co-infection. Both of these cofactors that may lead to brain dysfunction on their own, and therefore can affect the nature and course neurocognitive functioning in HIV. Improvements in antiretroviral therapies translate into greater longevity for people infected with HIV, many of whom are now entering their 6th and 7th decade of life and beyond. The increasing proportion of older persons with HIV is also the result of new infections in this age group. As aging confers additional metabolic, neurologic, and neuropsychiatric vulnerability, it is important to understand how this constellation of changes affects neurocognitive functioning in the context of HIV

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