Impact of active drug use on antiretroviral therapy adherence and viral suppression in HIV-infected drug users

@article{Arnsten2002ImpactOA,
  title={Impact of active drug use on antiretroviral therapy adherence and viral suppression in HIV-infected drug users},
  author={MPH Dr. Julia H. Arnsten and Penelope A. Demas and Richard W. Grant and MPH Marc N. Gourevitch and Homayoon Farzadegan and Andrea A. Howard and Ellie E. Schoenbaum},
  journal={Journal of General Internal Medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={17},
  pages={377-381}
}
Despite a burgeoning literature on adherence to HIV therapies, few studies have examined the impact of ongoing drug use on adherence and viral suppression, and none of these have utilized electronic monitors to quantify adherence among drug users. We used 262 electronic monitors to measure adherence with all antiretrovirals in 85 HIV-infected current and former drug users, and found that active cocaine use, female gender, not receiving Social Security benefits, not being married, screening… CONTINUE READING