NeuroAIDS refers to any neurologic condition occurring as a result of HIV infection. The Mount Sinai NeuroAIDS Program provides compassionate, comprehensive care to HIV-positive patients with neurological disorders. These conditions include dementia, neuropathy, brain infections, and disorders of the spinal cord and muscle.
HIV can affect any part of the nervous system, such as the brain, spinal cord, nerves, or muscle. Depending on which part is involved, symptoms of neurologic disease in HIV-infected individuals may include memory loss, headache, dizziness, weakness, numbness, pain, vision changes, or trouble walking.
Some neurologic disorders, such as opportunistic infections and primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), occur only in patients with advanced AIDS. Other neurologic conditions, such as HIV-associated neuropathy and HIV-associated dementia, occur even in patients with well-controlled HIV.
Neurologic conditions associated with HIV include:
- Cerebral toxoplasmosis
- Cryptococcal meningitis
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) encephalitis
- Distal symmetric polyneuropathy (DSP)
- HIV-associated dementia (HAD)
- HIV-associated myelopathy
- HIV-associated myopathy
- Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome
- Inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Mononeuropathy multiplex
- Primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL)
- Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)
- Progressive polyradiculopathy
Doctors within the Mount Sinai NeuroAIDS Program treat all of these conditions.
Mount Sinai NeuroAIDS doctors have made major research and educational contributions to the field of neuroAIDS and are internationally renowned. We have received numerous research grants, and health care providers from as far away as Uganda, the Philippines, Spain, and Mexico have come to train at our program.
To schedule an appointment with the Mount Sinai NeuroAIDS Program, please call neurologists Jessica Robinson-Papp, MD, at 212-241-8390, or David M. Simpson, MD, at 212-241-8748.
David M. Simpson, MD
Director of NeuroAIDS Program
Jessica Robinson-Papp, MD
Kathryn J. Elliott, MD