AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 61–67

Weekending in PLWH: Alcohol Use and ART Adherence, A Pilot Study

Authors

    • Jay Weiss Center Social Medicine and Health Equity, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Natasha Chida
    • Jay Weiss Center Social Medicine and Health Equity, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Jamal Jones
    • Jay Weiss Center Social Medicine and Health Equity, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Grace Alvarez
    • Batchelor Children’s Research InstituteUniversity of Miami
  • Stephen Symes
    • Division of Infectious DiseasesUniversity of Miami
  • Erin Kobetz
    • Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity of Miami
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-012-0307-x

Cite this article as:
Kenya, S., Chida, N., Jones, J. et al. AIDS Behav (2013) 17: 61. doi:10.1007/s10461-012-0307-x

Abstract

We examined alcohol use patterns and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among 45 people living with HIV (PLWH) in Miami, Florida. Documented provider knowledge of alcohol use was also assessed. Among our sample, 20 % reported “weekending,” a phenomenon we describe as skipping ART due to planned alcohol use and drinking more on the weekend. While 100 % of our sample reported alcohol use, 73 % of providers’ notes reported abstinence. Until larger studies assess the generalizability of these findings among other PLWH, providers should consider probing patients about when they drink, how much they drink, and if they take ART when drinking.

Keywords

Alcohol useBinge drinkingHazardous drinkingART adherence/non-adherenceWeekendingProvider communication

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