Substance Abuse Killing 1/3 of AIDS Patients who
do NOT Succumb to AIDS
This new study
is quite revealing about the dangers of illicit
drugs and substance abuse to those living with
HIV/AIDS. During a five year period (1999 to
2004), more than a quarter of New Yorkers
infected with HIV were found to die from other
other cause was substance abuse which made up
nearly a third of these deaths, which translates
to 8 percent of all New Yorkers living with HIV
died as a result of substance abuse during this
five year period.
AIDS no longer
killing all patients: study
Reuters Health, September 19, 2006
More than a quarter of New Yorkers infected with
the AIDS virus are now dying of other causes,
researchers said on Monday.
analysis of 68,669 New York City residents
infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS,
found that of those who died between 1999 and
2004, 26.3 percent died of something other than
a 32 percent increase from 1999, when just under
20 percent of HIV patients died of other causes.
Cocktails of drugs that suppress the virus have
been credited with allowing HIV patients to lead
near-normal lives, and once- or twice-a-day
dosing now makes them more manageable.
AIDS remains incurable and is always
fatal in places where the drugs are not
available -- notably much of Africa .
Writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine,
Judith Sackoff and colleagues at the New York
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said
they found that 31 percent of HIV patients died
because of substance abuse,
close to 24 percent died of cardiovascular
disease and 20 percent died of cancer unrelated
to the virus.
everywhere must remember that most of their
HIV-infected patients will survive to develop
the diseases that plague the rest of us," Dr.
Judith Aberg of New York University wrote in a
published in the same journal found that nearly
10 percent of men interviewed in New York who
identified themselves as heterosexual reported
having sex with at least one man during the
survey of 4,193 men conducted by the New York
City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
found that 70 percent of the men who had sex
with other men were married.
they had not used a condom and had not been
tested for HIV.
to ask patients about specific sexual practices
instead of relying on self-reported sexual
orientation to assess risk for unsafe sexual
practices and risk for sexually transmitted
diseases," said Preeti Pathela, who led the
prevention messages should target risky sexual
activities, such as unprotected receptive anal
sex, and should not be framed to appeal solely
to gay-identified men."