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Thanks to improvement in treatment, people with HIV are living longer than ever before. However, people living with HIV are at increased risk for cognitive (thinking) problems. In fact, more than 50% of people aging with HIV will experience cognitive decline as they age, whether from HIV-Associated Cognitive Decline (HAND) or because they have many comorbidities that increase risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, it is especially important for people living with HIV to take care of their brains.
The HIV Supportive Services program is designed to raise awareness of cognitive changes and provide specialized support to those living with HIV and cognitive decline. Our dedicated, HIV-competent staff can provide resources, referrals, counseling, education on HAND/brain health, and more.  

This program also provides education and support to HIV professionals to help them provide more dementia-competent care.

HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder in Adults Living with HIV – Presented by Amara Ezeamama

Neurology of HIV: HAND vs. Dementia – Presented by Hank Paulson

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This program is run in conjunction with the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (MADRC) and funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

For more information about this program, please contact Program Director Kate Pierce, LMSW, at or 248.996.1036.