Track 10: Neurological Risk Of HIV

Despite having well-controlled HIV illness, a new study in the field of virology from Zambia shows that children with HIV are considerably more likely to do poorly on neurological tests, raising the possibility that they may have cognitive and mental health problems. However, early intervention is also suggested by the studies. Children who are exposed to the virus before birthing are known to have an increased risk of developing neurocognitive and mental issues, such as depression, when they get older. HIV continues to be a significant worldwide health burden. HIV has a disproportionately large impact on Sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for over 70% of all infections worldwide. Even though combination antiretroviral treatment (cART) is widely available, many infected children continue to experience the neurocognitive and mental abnormalities that are linked to HIV, including depression and delayed academic development. Findings imply that one of the most crucial things we can do is identify children with HIV early and start them on antiretroviral medication since children perform considerably better intellectually if they don't get ill from HIV. The dietary component is another important element in this.


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