Neuropsychology Review

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 186-203

Functional Consequences of HIV-Associated Neuropsychological Impairment

  • Ashley A. GormanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center Email author 
  • , Jessica M. FoleyAffiliated withDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • , Mark L. EttenhoferAffiliated withDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • , Charles H. HinkinAffiliated withDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLAVA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
  • , Wilfred G. van GorpAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center

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This review focuses on the “real world” implications of infection with HIV/AIDS from a neuropsychological perspective. Relevant literature is reviewed which examines the relationships between HIV-associated neuropsychological impairment and employment, driving, medication adherence, mood, fatigue, and interpersonal functioning. Specifically, the relative contributions of medical, cognitive, psychosocial, and psychiatric issues on whether someone with HIV/AIDS will be able to return to work, adhere to a complicated medication regimen, or safely drive a vehicle will be discussed. Methodological issues that arise in the context of measuring medication adherence or driving capacity are also explored. Finally, the impact of HIV/AIDS on mood state, fatigue, and interpersonal relationships are addressed, with particular emphasis on how these variables interact with cognition and independent functioning. The purpose of this review is to integrate neuropsychological findings with their real world correlates of functional behavior in the HIV/AIDS population.


HIV/AIDS Neuropsychology Medication adherence Employment Driving