Researchers out of the National Institute on Drug Abuse are gaining greater understanding of methamphetamine use when paired with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The research out of University of California at San Diego’s Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center looks at the effects of this combination of meth use and the HIV virus on daily functioning. Researchers assessed 798 individuals in regards to everyday cognitive symptoms, instrumental activities of daily living, basic activities of daily living and employment. In the study, HIV-infected methamphetamine users were more likely to be “globally dependent,” or need substantial help in at least two of the aforementioned categories. HIV positive individuals, individuals who used methamphetamine, and those who fell into both categories were markedly more likely to be “globally dependent.” Researchers recommend based on these findings that clinicians “carefully monitor medication compliance among patients who use methamphetamine, have HIV, or both.”
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