Don't Allow a Deadly Delay


April 27 2007 12:00 AM ET


The proportion of additional time it took patients who had the highest predictors for mood, anxiety, or substance-use disorders to achieve virologic suppression compared with other patients. The same patients were also twice as likely to have virologic failure, according to a study in the February 1 edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Researchers saw the same trends in patients who had depression, alcohol abuse or dependence, or drug abuse or dependence.

The researchers noted that it is possible that reduced medication adherence could explain part or all of the link between HIVers' psychiatric problems and poor clinical response to anti-HIV medications.

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