Rapid HIV Testing, Increase Life Expectancy, Cost Effective

Incorporating Rapid HIV Testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling Study that showed that onsite rapid HIV testing in substance abuse treatment programs correlated with increased … [Read more...]

Alcohol Leads to Nonadherence in HIV Treatment, ‘misconceptions’

The most common cause of viral resistance, reduced effectiveness, and therapeutic failure with antiretroviral therapy (ART) is nonadherence to the recommended drug regimen. Full adherence to most medications requires that patients take 95% of their dose at the recommended times. Yet studies find various rates of non-adherence or sub-optimal use ranging from 17% to as high as 95%. In HIV treatment, adherence rates as low as 50% contribute to viral resistance and reduce the protective effects … [Read more...]

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