Weekending in PLWH: Alcohol use and ART adherence, a pilot study

Sonjia Kenya, Natasha Chida, Jamal Jones, Grace Alvarez, Stephen Symes, Erin Kobetz

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We examined alcohol use patterns and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among 45 people living with HIV (PLWH) in Miami, Florida. Documented provider knowledge of alcohol use was also assessed. Among our sample, 20 % reported "weekending," a phenomenon we describe as skipping ART due to planned alcohol use and drinking more on the weekend. While 100 % of our sample reported alcohol use, 73 % of providers' notes reported abstinence. Until larger studies assess the generalizability of these findings among other PLWH, providers should consider probing patients about when they drink, how much they drink, and if they take ART when drinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • ART adherence/non-adherence
  • Alcohol use
  • Binge drinking
  • Hazardous drinking
  • Provider communication
  • Weekending

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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