Does perceived life stress mediate the association between HIV status and alcohol use? Evidence from adults living in Cape Town, South Africa.

@article{ScottSheldon2013DoesPL,
  title={Does perceived life stress mediate the association between HIV status and alcohol use? Evidence from adults living in Cape Town, South Africa.},
  author={Lori A J Scott-Sheldon and Michael P Carey and Kate B Carey and Demetria N. Cain and Redwaan Vermaak and Jacqueline Mthembu and Vuyelwa Mehlomakhulu and Leickness Chisamu Simbayi and Seth C. Kalichman},
  journal={AIDS care},
  year={2013},
  volume={25 8},
  pages={1026-32}
}
South Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV in the world. Because living with HIV is stressful and because alcohol consumption is often used to cope with stress, we examined whether stress mediates the association between HIV status and alcohol use among adults residing in South African townships. Field workers approached pedestrians or patrons of informal alcohol-serving venues (i.e., shebeens) and invited their participation in a survey. Of the 1717 participants (98% Black, 34% women, mean… CONTINUE READING