alexa Crack-cocaine use accelerates HIV disease progression in a cohort of HIV-positive drug users.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

Author(s): Baum MK, Rafie C, Lai S, Sales S, Page B, , Baum MK, Rafie C, Lai S, Sales S, Page B,

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Abstract BACKGROUND: HIV infection is prevalent among substance abusers. The effects of specific illicit drugs on HIV disease progression have not been established. We evaluated the relationship between substances of abuse and HIV disease progression in a cohort of HIV-1-positive active drug users. METHODS: A prospective, 30-month, longitudinal study was conducted on 222 HIV-1 seropositive drug users in Miami, FL. History of illicit drug, alcohol, and medication use, CD4+ cell count, and viral load were performed every 6 months. RESULTS: Crack-cocaine users were 2.14 times [95\% confidence interval (CI): 1.08 to 4.25, P = 0.029] more likely to present a decline of CD4 to
  • DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181900129
  • This article was published in J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

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