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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2014|
- lifetime history
- problematic alcohol
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases