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CNS manifestations of HIV / AIDS

Central nervous system involvement in HIV is the result of one of four mechanisms: 

  1. direct consequence of the HIV virus
  2. opportunistic infections
  3. neoplasms in the immunocompromised host
  4. treatment / drug related complications

Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996, there has been a shift in the epidemiology of CNS manifestations of HIV in Western countries, with a decline in the incidence of opportunistic infections 2.  

Direct consequence HIV virus

Opportunistic infections

CNS tumours

Treatment / drug related complications


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