Thursday, April 3, 2014

In HIVers, Meth Use Causes Faster Progression to AIDS

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?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

In other news,

water is wet

Unknown said...

Hey there- I just wanted to offer a thought about the graphic on this article. There's a large number of gay men in recovery from substance abuse, and a good number of those are former IV drug users. While we do face triggers every day, sometimes we see things that are especially hard to look past, and can be traumatic. This is one of those graphics. I'm wondering if next time you'd consider something more conscientious of how the graphic might affect your readers. BTW, the hot guys are in no way a problem. :) Thanks, love your blog, read it every day.

Meth = H8 said...

Idiots running "toward the blast". LET THEM.