Alcohol can damage the liver which plays an important role in how the body processes anti-HIV medication. Drinking alcohol may be more harmful for people with HIV than for HIV-negative people.

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  • 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 | Avert
  • 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
  • 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 | CATIE
  • 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
  • On borrowed time

    The delayed drug strategy – and lack of plan for an alcohol strategy – is pulling the lifeline from a sector in crisis, hears DDN

    08 May 2017 | Drink & Drug News
  • Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

    Two leading charities have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.

    13 March 2017 | PinkNews
  • Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

    Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

    08 July 2016 | Positively Aware
  • What the Gay Men’s Sex Survey tells us about chemsex

    We especially welcome the survey findings as they include all-too rare data about the role of alcohol and drugs. Our work in our Antidote LGBT drug and alcohol service has been dominated by responding to chemsex needs in the past few years, but it’s been difficult to get a perspective on how widespread a problem it actually is. The Gay Men’s Sex Survey gives us some answers.

    28 June 2016 | London Friend
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