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HIV / AIDS and Substance Abuse

Drug users and alcohol drinkers are not only more susceptible to getting HIV / AIDS, but they are more likely to see the disease progress than those who do not drink or use illicit drugs.

Alcohol, Drugs Spell Trouble for HIV Patients
With 31 percent of all HIV cases among men, and 57 percent among women, attributed to injection drug use, it is obvious the shooting illegal drugs increases the risk of contracting the AIDS virus, but drinking alcohol can also contribute to the spread and progression of the disease.

Drinking Increases HIV Progression
HIV-infected patients with a history of alcohol problems, who are receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy, and are currently drinking, have greater HIV progression than those who do not drink.

Alcohol Abuse History a Problem For HIV Patients
Patients with HIV infection and a history of alcohol abuse may be at higher risk for cognitive problems than HIV-positive patients with no alcohol abuse history, an Ohio State University Medical Center study suggests.

Alcohol Abuse May Increase Susceptibility
Binge drinking appears to increase the host's susceptibility to SIV/HIV infection.

Meth Use, HIV Infection Cause Greater Cognitive Impairment
Researches have found that methamphetamine abuse and HIV infection can cause impaired cognitive functions, such as difficulties in learning new information, solving problems, maintaining attention and quickly processing information.

Alcohol and HIV / AIDS
People with alcohol use disorders are more likely than the general population to contract HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

Heroin Users at Special Risk
Heroin addicts are at risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases.

Clean Needles for Drug Injectors Prevents HIV/AIDS
A new study reinforces the beneficial impact of needle and syringe exchange programmes for preventing HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users.

The Risk for Methamphetamine Users
Increased HIV and hepatitis B and C transmission are likely consequences of increased methamphetamine abuse, particularly in individuals who inject the drug.

Are Cocaine Abusers at Risk?
Cocaine abusers, especially those who inject, are at increased risk for contracting such infectious diseases as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS) and hepatitis.

Cocaine - Reversing the Brain Changes
Treatment for cocaine addiction, including HIV-risk-reduction counseling, may be an effective strategy for preventing HIV infection.

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