CROI 2019: Neurologic complications of HIV disease

Beau M. Ances, Scott L. Letendre

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Investigators reported many new neuroHIV research findings at the 2019 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). These findings included confirmation that HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) remains common with an increasingly recognized role for comorbidities (eg, obesity) and neurodegenerative conditions (eg, Alzheimer’s disease), especially as persons living with HIV (PLWH) advance into their seventh decade of life and beyond. HAND is increasingly recognized as a heterogeneous disorder that differs between individuals (eg, by sex) in the trajectory of specific neurocognitive abilities (eg, executive functioning). A more recent focus at this year’s conference was toxicity of combination antiretroviral therapy: neurocognitive performance and neuroimaging data from several studies were presented but did not consistently support that integrase strand transfer inhibitors are associated with worse neurologic outcomes. Neuroimaging studies found that white matter changes reflect a combination of the effects of HIV and comorbidities (including cerebrovascular small vessel disease) and best correlate with blood markers of inflammation. The pathogenesis of HIV in the central nervous system (CNS) was the focus of a plenary lecture and numerous presentations on HIV compartmentalization in the CNS and cerebrospinal fluid viral escape. Novel findings were also presented on associations between HIV-associated neurologic complications and glycomics, neuron-derived exosomes, and DNA methylation in monocytes. This summary will review findings from CROI and identify new research and clinical opportunities

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalTopics in antiviral medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2019


  • 2019
  • Central nervous system
  • Comorbidities
  • Croi
  • Hand
  • Hiv
  • Host mechanisms
  • Insti
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neurology
  • Neuropathogenesis


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