Dementia is not contagious. While you are more likely to develop the disorder if you have family members who have it, being around someone with dementia does not put you at risk for contracting the condition. However, there are certain illnesses, such as HIV and syphilis, which are contagious and can cause dementia. Talk to your doctor about other possible risk factors for dementia.
- Q Can medications cause mental decline or dementia?
- Q What infectious diseases can cause dementia?
- Q At what age do people get dementia?
- Q Can disruptions in my circadian rhythms raise my risk of dementia?
- Q Could a high-sugar diet raise my risk for dementia?
- Q Who gets dementia?