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HIV/AIDS

29 June 2011

How HIV affects the brain

Some HIV patients experience memory loss and other neurological deficits, despite treatment, and new research suggests it's because the virus weakens the blood-brain barrier by infecting a small group of supporting brain cells.

Some HIV patients experience memory loss and other neurological deficits, despite treatment, and new research suggests that the reason why is because the virus weakens the blood-brain barrier by infecting a small group of supporting brain cells called astrocytes.

For this study, the researchers built a model of the blood-brain barrier using human cells in the laboratory. The research was supported by the US National Institute of Mental Health.

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