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Integrated stepped alcohol treatment for people in HIV care improves both HIV and alcohol outcomes

Integrated stepped alcohol treatment for people in HIV care improves both HIV and alcohol outcomes  National Institutes of HealthIncreasing the intensity of treatment for alcohol use disorder over time improves alcohol-related outcomes among people with HIV.

20 May 2019
National Institutes of Health
Increasing Alcohol Consumption Linked to Worsening HIV Severity

A pattern of increasing alcohol consumption is associated with worsening HIV disease severity, whereas stable consumption is associated with small improvements, according to a national study of VA patients with HIV.

12 May 2019
Medscape (requires free registration)
Sexual minorities more likely to suffer severe substance use disorders

Researchers know that lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are more likely than heterosexuals to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, but until now they didn't know to what degree.

15 January 2019
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Sub-Saharan Africa: binge drinking more common among people living with HIV

West and southern Africa study reveals significantly higher levels of binge drinking among people living with HIV than the general population.

28 December 2018
What do we know about reducing alcohol-related harm among gay and bisexual men?

This review focuses on a cohort disproportionately burdened by ill health, yet often overlooked as subjects of substance use research and in the provision of healthcare. With an ‘alarmingly scarce’ evidence base to go on, the researchers draw parallels with the broader alcohol treatment literature, and suggest progress could be made with attention to specific theories of problem drinking for sexual minority groups.

20 September 2018
Drug & Alcohol Findings
Naltrexone helps HIV positive individuals reduce heavy alcohol use

Extended-release naltrexone -- an injection that decreases heavy drinking in the general population when taken in conjunction with counseling -- appears to help HIV-positive individuals reduce their number of heavy drinking days too, say Yale researchers.

08 August 2018
Science Daily
HIV-related factors not associated with increased risk of suicide among people with HIV in France

Approximately 4% of deaths among people with HIV in France are due to suicide, investigators report in HIV Medicine. Suicide incidence remained stable over 13

27 June 2018
Michael Carter
Study finds high burden of psychosocial issues among PEP users

74% had at least one psychosocial issue, including depression and/or problematic drug or alcohol use. Furthermore, nearly half of participants had more than one issue.

15 June 2018
Treatment with extended-release naltrexone increases chances that HIV-positive prisoners will maintain viral suppression after release

Treatment with extended-release naltrexone is associated with improved viral suppression among HIV-positive prisoners, according to two US studies presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses

13 March 2018
Michael Carter
Heavy Alcohol Drinking Linked to Worse HIV Disease in U.S. Veterans

We already know some of the dangers of drinking too much alcohol, but new research suggests that heavy alcohol consumption exacerbates the negative effects of HIV in people living with the virus. The study, which analyzed data on HIV-positive veterans, found that higher-risk alcohol drinkers had the worst HIV disease severity.

30 June 2017
The Body
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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