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LSU: Alcohol HIV/AIDS Research Poster Presentations 2019

The 2019 National Hispanic Science Network Conference gave Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health (LSUHSC SPH) students and faculty time to present posters on October 9 -10, 2019.  Dr. Tekeda Ferguson, faculty member and Comprehensive Alcohol HIV/AIDS Research Center Investigator and epidemiology doctoral student, Dr. Erika Rosen, presented work from multiple alcohol projects.

People living with HIV (PLWH) have a 2-3 fold higher prevalence of alcohol use disorders, and approximately 8-12 percent are classified as heavy drinkers. Alcohol misuse can impact HIV disease through decreased adherence to antiretroviral therapy and increased risk for comorbid conditions.

Alcohol misuse can impact human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease through decreased adherence to antiretroviral therapy and increased risk for comorbid conditions.

Liver disease is the second most common non HIV-related cause of death due in PLWH. PLWH and hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected individuals have higher rates of hazardous drinking and alcohol use disorders.  Clinicians should consider multiple drinking measures in PLWH when classifying disease risk and recommending treatment options.

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