Methamphetamine Use, Sexual Activity, Patient-Provider Communication, and Medication Adherence Among HIV-Infected Patients in Care, San Francisco, 2004-2006
September 1, 2009
"While numerous studies examine methamphetamine use and associated risky sexual behaviors in HIV-uninfected individuals, few studies have surveyed HIV-infected individuals in the health care setting," the authors wrote. To assess the frequency and trends of methamphetamine use, sexual activity, injection drug use, patient-provider communication and medication adherence among HIV-infected persons in care, the researchers administered a one-page anonymous survey in 2004 and 2006. The setting was two University of California-San Francisco outpatient HIV clinics: Moffitt Hospital (Moffitt), serving primarily privately insured patients, and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), a county hospital serving primarily patients who are uninsured or publicly insured.
"Overall, we found methamphetamine use to be common among HIV-infected patients in care, and associated with an increased number of sex partners, a high frequency of injection drug use, and poor adherence to antiretroviral medications," the researchers concluded. "These findings support the need for improved screening and clinic-based interventions to reduce and treat methamphetamine abuse and associated high-risk sexual behaviors."
05.01.2009; Vol. 21; No. 5: P. 575-582; Carina Marquez; Samuel J. Mitchell; C. Bradley Hare; Malcolm John; Jeffrey D. Klausner
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