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Helping Cope with Brain Changes: A Q&A

February 19, 2014 - Missed doctor's appointments and trouble adhering to HIV meds are common consequences of the HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND for short) that many people experience. Depression and isolation are also potential effects, says Bobby Fisher, manager of San Francisco AIDS Foundation's housing and financial benefits programs, who has witnessed the devastating effects of HAND: "It becomes easier to not engage than it is to share with folks, 'I'm having memory problems lately. I'm late to this appointment or this lunch date because I didn't remember.'"

But can the brain be "re-trained" to fight memory loss and other neurocognitive changes?

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