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About The Neuro-HIV Program

In the developed world, including the U.S., neurological disorders associated with HIV are emerging as the most common cause of long-term neurological disability, with great impact on societal healthcare costs and reduced work productivity.

As people with AIDS live longer, with complex therapies and side effects, the need for neurology and other specialty consultations is increasing.

World-renowned for its HIV research and treatment, UC San Diego’s Department of Neurosciences is working to increase understanding of and treatments available to alleviate common neurological side-effects for people living with HIV, including:

  • Peripheral neuropathy and neuropathic pain
  • Side effects of antiretroviral drugs on the brain and nerves
  • Memory and cognitive problems
  • Brain inflammation  

UC San Diego provides state-of-the-art HIV neurology specialty services to a complex population with multiple diseases. The overall goal is to enhance the quality and timeliness of care to this underserved population. 

New telemedicine technology allows the program to share expertise and patient care beyond San Diego.

Discovering more about viruses and neurological complications

The Neuro-HIV specialty program’s well-developed infrastructure leads to a strong portfolio of research studies ranging from clinical trials and multidisciplinary collaborations, to molecular biology and genetics studies.

UC San Diego’s Department of Neurosciences is dedicated to learning more about the neurological complications and impacts of living with a virus like HIV.

Watch a video discussion with Professor Ron Ellis, MD, PhD, and Neurosciences Chair William Mobley, MD, PhD, about HIV and its impact on the nervous system, plus advances in treatment.