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J Subst Abuse Treat. 1986;3(4):271-4.

AIDS: relationship to alcohol and other drugs.


Most people who are exposed to AIDS do not get the syndrome. It seems clear that there must be cofactors. Most people with AIDS have a history of alcohol or other drug use, and many of the drugs used have been shown to suppress the immune system. The correlation between drug use and development of AIDS in several populations is striking, and it is suggested that definitive research into this possible cofactor be urgently initiated. The elimination of cofactors may present an immediate way to control this epidemic. Suggestions are made as to how and why alcohol and drug treatment professionals should become a part of this effort.

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