Saturday, December 1, 2012

A #Brain Drawing for World #AIDS Day

December 1st has become recognized around the world as World AIDS Day.

Do you know how the HIV/AIDS virus impacts your brain? neuroAIDS is a term used to describe the type of dementia caused by the virus. As one is further along in the progression of the virus, the disease may have caused significant destruction to the white matter in the brain. That is illustrated in my drawing above by the darkened areas. It's within white matter where our communication, processing and cognition reside.

Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, behavioral changes, and emotional instability.

While there has been improvements in medication for diminishing the virus in one's blood, there is still much work to be done to reduce the virus' impact on the brain. Learning more about this is becoming increasing important as 1 in 5 of those with the virus will develop dementia. In addition, they are also living longer and regular aging of the brain may compound the effects.

Check out the history of World AIDS Day on wikipedia:

Michelle Hunter
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