The unveiling of traumatic brain injury in an HIV/AIDS population

Brain Inj. 2000 Jan;14(1):35-44. doi: 10.1080/026990500120916.


This study examines the frequency of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an HIV/AIDS population and its associated symptomatology. A panel of 173 individuals with HIV were split into two groups--those who have experienced a blow to the head within their lifetime (n = 128) and those who have not (n = 45). Self-reported symptoms from the TIRR Symptom Checklist were compared across both HIV panels, individuals who identified as traumatically brain injured (n = 416), and individuals with no disability (n = 282). Six clusters of symptoms (total, cognitive, physical, affective/behavioural, five symptoms sensitive and specific to TBI in general and 25 symptoms sensitive and specific to mild TBI) were analysed in a MANOVA, controlling for the demographic variables that were correlated with total symptoms, including panel membership, education, annual household income and substance use history. Significant main effects were found for panel membership. Individuals with HIV and a history of blow to the head reported a higher number of total symptoms and the 25 symptoms specific to mild TBI. The significance of these findings acknowledges the need to recognize the frequency of TBI in an HIV population and the subsequent need to provide the appropriate interventions that will lead to an enhanced overall quality of life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / rehabilitation
  • Adult
  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis
  • Brain Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Brain Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Brain Injury, Chronic / diagnosis
  • Brain Injury, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Brain Injury, Chronic / rehabilitation
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Comorbidity
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology*
  • HIV Infections / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New York
  • Patient Care Team