Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is now a chronic, manageable infection thanks to antiretroviral therapies. However, neurological complications are growing among people with HIV, especially as the population ages. The most common problems are often associated with vascular disease, including stroke and vascular dementia due to chronic inflammation and
metabolic syndrome-related disorders, as well as the side effects of long-term antiretroviral therapy.
World renowned for HIV treatment and research, UC San Diego Health offers a neurology treatment program for people living with HIV and its neurological side effects, including:
Read more about the neurological complications of HIV
Our program is led by
Ron Ellis, MD, PhD, a leading expert on HIV neurology. He also conducts groundbreaking research in the field, conducting clinical research to evaluate the efficacy of new drug treatments for HIV, such as tesamorelin for neurocognitive disorders and dementia, and pregabalin for HIV-associated, painful distal sensory polyneuropathy.
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If you've received a diagnosis that requires neurosurgery and would like one of our neurosurgeons to review your X-rays and other imaging studies, UC San Diego Health offers online imaging reviews. It's an easy and affordable way to help you make an informed decision before neurosurgery. For more information, see
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