for Veterans and the Public
HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND)
HIV/AIDS and some medications for treating HIV may affect your brain. When HIV itself infects the brain, it sometimes can cause problems with thinking, emotions, and movement (HAND). Symptoms can include the following:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Slurred speech
- Sudden shifts in mood or behavior
- Muscle weakness
If you think you may have HAND:
- Don't be afraid to tell your VA health care provider that you think something is wrong.
- Keep a notepad with you and write down your symptoms whenever they occur. This information can help your doctor to help you.
- Build as much support as possible, including friends, family, and health care providers. Although it's possible to treat HAND successfully, it may take a while for some symptoms to go away.