Alcohol may speed HIV disease progression
BY Advocate.com Editors
June 13 2003 12:00 AM ET
Researchers at the Boston Medical Center report in the June issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research that HIV-positive adults taking antiretroviral drugs who drink moderate to high amounts of alcohol may experience faster HIV disease progression, Health Behavior News Service reports. A study of 349 HIV-positive Boston adults showed that HIV-positive study subjects who drank had higher blood-based viral loads and lower T-cell counts that patients who did not drink. Patients not taking anti-HIV drugs were not affected by alcohol consumption, leading the researchers to theorize that drinking impairs a person's ability to stick to their medication regimens, which can lead to the development of drug-resistant virus. They also theorize that combining alcohol with antiretroviral medications could cause damage to the liver, which processes the anti-HIV drugs, or to the body's immune system.
- Op-ed: 'Religious Discrimination' Laws Have Nothing to Do With Religion
- Indiana Newspaper Sends Big Message
- Subaru Comes Out Against Indiana's 'License to Discriminate'
- Op-ed: Angelina Jolie's Choice Bolsters the Trans Argument
- Arrow and The Flash Stars: It's Time for a Gay Superhero on TV
- Mormon Missionary Positions