Health care providers' knowledge about HIV induced Dementia among older adults

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In the present study, forty health care providers (physicians, psychologists, and nurses) responded to a questionnaire designed to assess their knowledge of HIV Associated Dementia Complex (HADC) among older adults. Consistent with expectation, these clinicians did not maintain accurate knowledge of HIV and HADC base rates, modes of transmission, and treatment options. Potential dangers of an inaccurate diagnosis of HADC, typical symptom presentations of HADC, recommendations for making a differential diagnosis with Alzheimer's dementia, case examples and the necessity of gathering sexual histories and avoiding ageist attitudes among older adult patients are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-192
Number of pages12
JournalSexuality and Disability
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 20 1998


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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