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The Increase of HIV-1 Infection, Neurocognitive Impairment, and Type 2 Diabetes in The Rio Grande Valley

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 6 ]

Author(s):

Roberto De La Garza, Hansapani Rodrigo, Francisco Fernandez and Upal Roy*   Pages 377 - 387 ( 11 )

Abstract:


The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) infection remains a persistent predicament for the State of Texas, ranking seventh among the most documented HIV cases in the United States. In this regard, the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in South Texas is considered as one of the least investigated areas of the state with respect to HIV infection and HIV associated comorbidities. Considering the 115% increase in average HIV incidence rates per 100,000 within the RGV from 2007-2015, it is worth characterizing this population with respect to their HIV-1 infection, HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND), and the association of treatment with combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). Moreover, the increased rate of Type-2 Diabetes (T2D) in the RGV population is intertwined with that of HIV-1 infection facing challenges due to the lack of knowledge about prevention to inadequate access to healthcare. Hence, the role of T2D in the development of HAND among the people living with HIV (PLWH) in the RGV will be reviewed to establish a closer link between T2D and HAND in cART-treated patients of the RGV.

Keywords:

HIV-1, T2D, Hispanics, cART, HAND, diabetes, incidence rate, prevalence rate, CNS, Brain, MoCA, MMSE.

Affiliation:

Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, Texas, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen, Texas, Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, Texas

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