A recent article by Mark Mascolini reveals that men who have sex with men (MSM) who use methamphetamine had greater T-cell activation and proliferation than nonusers, even though they had an undetectable viral load. This San Diego study of 50 men also produced evidence that meth users may have a deeper HIV DNA reservoir than nonusers.
Compared with HIV-positive people who do not use meth, those who do have a higher risk of cognitive impairment and faster progression to AIDS. Full story here!
WGB: This is not surprising to me at all. Was their doubt out there if drugs had any negative impact on HIV positive persons?