Skip Navigation LinksHome > October 1, 2014 - Volume 67 - Issue 2 > Minimal Cognitive Impairment in UK HIV-Positive Men Who Have...
JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes:
doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000273
Clinical Science

Minimal Cognitive Impairment in UK HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex With Men: Effect of Case Definitions and Comparison With the General Population and HIV-Negative Men

McDonnell, Jeffrey MSc*; Haddow, Lewis PhD, MBChB*; Daskalopoulou, Marina MSc*; Lampe, Fiona PhD*; Speakman, Andrew PhD*; Gilson, Richard MD, MBBS*; Phillips, Andrew PhD*; Sherr, Lorraine PhD*; Wayal, Sonali PhD*; Harrison, John PhD; Antinori, Andrea MD; Maruff, Paul PhD§; Schembri, Adrian PhD§; Johnson, Margaret MD, MBBS; Collins, Simon MSc; Rodger, Alison MD, MBChB*; for the Cognitive Impairment in People with HIV in the European Region (CIPHER) Study Group

Open Access
Supplemental Author Material
Collapse Box

Abstract

Background: To determine the prevalence of neurocognitive impairment (NCI) in UK HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM).

Methods: HIV-positive and HIV-negative participants were recruited to a cross-sectional study from 2 London clinics and completed computer-assisted neuropsychological tests and questionnaires of depression, anxiety, and activities of daily living. Published definitions of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) and global deficit scores were used. Age- and education-adjusted neuropsychological test scores were directly compared with reference population data.

Results: A total of 248 HIV-positive and 45 HIV-negative MSM participated. In the HIV-positive group, median time since diagnosis was 9.4 years, median CD4+ count was 550 cells per cubic millimeter, and 88% were on antiretroviral therapy. Prevalence of HAND was 21.0% in HIV-positive MSM (13.7% asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment, 6.5% mild neurocognitive disorder, and 0.8% HIV-associated dementia). Using a global deficit score threshold of 0.5, the prevalence of NCI was 31.5% (when averaged over 5 neuropsychological domains) and 40.3% (over 10 neuropsychological test scores). These results were not significantly different from the HIV-negative study sample. No consistent pattern of impairment was seen in HIV-positive patients relative to general male population data (n = 380).

Conclusions: We found a prevalence of HAND and degree of impairment on neuropsychological testing of HIV-positive MSM that could represent a normal population distribution. These findings suggest that NCI may be overestimated in HIV-positive MSM, and that the attribution of NCI to HIV infection implied by the term HAND requires revision.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Login

Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.