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AIDS Behav. 2018 Mar;22(3):848-852. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1866-7.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Among Persons living with HIV in the Era of Combined Antiretroviral Treatment.

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1
Emory Prevention Research Center, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, 30322, USA. sean.nathaniel.halpin@emory.edu.
2
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Decatur, GA, USA.
3
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA.
4
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Haven, CT, USA.
5
Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Abstract

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), often pursued independent of prescribing clinicians, may interact with traditional treatments, yet CAM use has not been well characterized among people living with HIV (PLWH) in the combined antiretroviral therapy (ART) era. We analyzed data from the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (October 2012-April 2015) to characterize CAM use in PLWH on ART. CAM users were more likely to have lived longer with HIV, report more bothersome symptoms, be prescribed more benzodiazepines and opioids, and consume less nicotine and alcohol. Given its high prevalence, clinicians should routinely assess for CAM use and its impact among PLWH.

KEYWORDS:

Acupuncture; Complementary and alternative medicine; HIV/AIDS; Polypharmacy; Veteran

PMID:
28733920
PMCID:
PMC5939585
DOI:
10.1007/s10461-017-1866-7
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