Effects of lifetime history of use of problematic alcohol on HIV medication adherence

Aman Sharma, Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva, Mahendra Kumar, Ritu Nehra, Monika Nakra, Deborah Jones

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Results: A total of 80 HIV-positive individuals on ART were recruited. In all, 35% of participants reported a history of problematic alcohol use, 37% had a detectable viral load, 55% were nonadherent, and 24% reporting skipping medication in the previous 3 months. There was no association between a history of problematic use and an adherence at any time point, that is, at baseline (t= -.7, P= .47), midpoint (t= -.39, P= .69), and 6-month follow-up(t= -1.2, P= .23).

Conclusion: Results suggest that a history of problematic alcohol use may not impact ART adherence.

Background: The effects of previous alcohol abuse on antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence have been less studied.

Materials and Methodology: Participants were randomized to a 3-month group intervention or an individual-enhanced standard-of-care condition and assessed over 6 months. Individual assessment at baseline, 3, and 6 months was done; interviews included lifetime history of problematic alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-453
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014


  • HIV
  • lifetime history
  • problematic alcohol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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