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Type: Published Manuscript
Title: Methamphetamine, HIV, and the human brain.
Authors: Letendre S
Year: 2005
Publication: The PRN Notebook
Volume: 10 Issue: 3 Pages: 13-17
Abstract:Nearly all primary care providers in the united states, especially those with sizeable hiv practices, are aware of the very real dangers of crystal methamphetamine use. It has been a pervasive concern among many Physicians Research Network members, indeed, it has been a hot topic during several question and answer sessions and is an issue that prn has been struggling to adequately address. prns first agenda item was to find a speaker to lay out some of the potential physiologic concerns of crystal meth use among hiv-positive people. We were promptly guided to Dr. Scott Letendre of the University of California, San Diego, who has been engaged in some significant research involving the effects of methamphetamine on central nervous system function in hiv positive people. We present here a summary of his June 2005 lecture and intend to publish additional articles in coming Notebook issues, to increase awareness among clinicians regarding the very real dangers of methamphetamine addiction and its potential management.

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