Update 2 – The effectiveness and access of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder treatments

This past week of research has been very exciting, as I was really able to see my final project, a literature review, begin to come together. After spending a large portion of my research hours collecting information from nearly forty scientific journals (see my previous post for more details), I was able to organize and synthesize all of this information in the form of an outline.

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Update 1 – The effectiveness and access of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder treatments

In an effort to better understand and critique the current effectiveness and access of treatments for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND), I first focused my research on what exactly this disorder entails. I broke the topic into smaller categories, reviewing scientific journals to learn about the many factors and components of HIV-associated dementia.

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Abstract – The effectiveness and access of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder treatments

HIV is a worldwide issue, and as many as half of HIV patients experience some form of cognitive impairment as a result. HIV-associated neurocognitive deficits can range from minor impairment to dementia, which can severely affect an individual’s ability to perform daily activities and therefore their overall quality of life. If we can better understand how HIV causes cognitive impairment, how to use biomarkers to predict and identify it, and most importantly, how to effectively treat it, we could better the lives of tens of millions of people. HIV-associated cognitive disorder (HAND) is a serious issue here in America, but it is a significantly larger issue in developing countries. Medical professionals continue to create new and better treatments, but majority of the world’s HIV+ population is unable to access or afford these treatments. When analyzing HAND treatments, it is critical to examine the effectiveness of treatment from a biological standpoint, while also considering factors such as education, economic status, and access to healthcare.

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