Alcohol use is common among persons with HIV infection and is associated with worse HIV treatment outcomes. Patients with hazardous levels of use are less likely to be receiving antiretroviral therapy, to be adherent to therapy, and to achieve virologic suppression. Screening, intervention, and referral to care for alcohol use disorder is an integral part of clinical care for individuals with HIV infection. Brief screening procedures can identify level of risk and determine whether patients require brief alcohol intervention or should be considered for behavioral therapy and pharmacologic treatment. Identification of concurrent mental health disorders is an important aspect of treating alcohol use disorders in HIV infection and other clinical settings.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Topics in Antiviral Medicine|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases
- Pharmacology (medical)