Antiretroviral therapy had benefits for HIV-positive men who have sex with men reporting stimulant use compared with non-users, according to recently published data.
“Patients with HIV who use stimulants and other substances often experience difficulties with accessing ART, partially due to the concerns of health care providers that they will not be able to take their medications as directed,” Adam W. Carrico, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, said in a press release. “Findings from this study demonstrate that many stimulant users take their ART at levels sufficient to avoid negative clinical outcomes.”
Carrico and colleagues examined the records of MSM with HIV enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (n=1313) from 1996 to 2012, some of which reported stimulant use (n=341). The cumulative proportion of study visits with reported stimulant use was compared with cases of all-cause mortality and AIDS or all-cause mortality.
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