Alcohol and recreational drug use by HIV-seropositive homosexual men

Guinan, James J., Hall, Wayne, Gold, Julian and Clarke, J. Christopher (1992) Alcohol and recreational drug use by HIV-seropositive homosexual men. Drug and Alcohol Review, 11 4: 355-362.


Author Guinan, James J.
Hall, Wayne
Gold, Julian
Clarke, J. Christopher
Title Alcohol and recreational drug use by HIV-seropositive homosexual men
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3362
0959-5236
Publication date 1992
DOI 10.1080/09595239200185481
Volume 11
Issue 4
Start page 355
End page 362
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract The objectives of this study were to describe the patterns of alcohol and recreational drug use of HIV-seropositive homosexual men and to determine the effect of alcohol use on HIV risk-taking behaviour. Of particular interest was the effect of knowledge of HIV status on these behaviours. Information on alcohol and drug use was obtained from 485 HIV-seropositive homosexual and bisexual men presenting to a HIV-antibody testing and medical management clinic. Heavy alcohol use was common, with 46.2% reporting consumption of six or more standard drinks on one day recently. Men who knew that they were HIV infected drank significantly more than those men who had yet to learn of their HIV status at the time of interview. There was clear evidence in this study for a role of alcohol use in HIV risk-taking behaviour. Almost one-third (27%) of the HIV-seropositive men reported unprotected anal intercourse during the previous 3 months with approximately one-third of these (27/76, 35·5%) nominating alcohol as contributing to their high HIV-risk behaviour.
Keyword HIV risk-taking
HIV-seropositive
problem drinking
recreational drugs

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