Many HIV patients skip medications to drink

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a new study, about half of HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy skipped their medications whenever they were drinking alcohol, an ill-advised behavior that could lead to higher viral loads, researchers say. Nearly 200 people with HIV who were on antiretroviral drugs and drank alcohol were followed for a year, and 51 percent stopped taking their medications while drinking – and those same patients tended to have higher viral loads, according to the new report. …
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