Many HIV patients skip medications to drink: study

(Reuters) – About half of HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy skipped their medications whenever they were drinking alcohol, according to a U.S. study – an ill-advised behavior that researchers say could lead to higher viral loads. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, for a year followed nearly 200 people with HIV who were on antiretrovirals and drank alcohol. It found that 51 percent stopped taking their medications while drinking. …
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