AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 61–67 | Cite as

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

  • Sonjia Kenya
  • Natasha Chida
  • Jamal Jones
  • Grace Alvarez
  • Stephen Symes
  • Erin Kobetz
Brief Report


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.


Alcohol use Binge drinking Hazardous drinking ART adherence/non-adherence Weekending Provider communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonjia Kenya
    • 1
  • Natasha Chida
    • 1
  • Jamal Jones
    • 1
  • Grace Alvarez
    • 2
  • Stephen Symes
    • 3
  • Erin Kobetz
    • 4
  1. 1.Jay Weiss Center Social Medicine and Health Equity, University of Miami, Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Batchelor Children’s Research InstituteUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Division of Infectious DiseasesUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  4. 4.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA

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