Prevalence and Predictors of Substance Use Disorders Among HIV Care Enrollees in the United States.

Academic Article


  • Prior efforts to estimate U.S. prevalence of substance use disorders (SUDs) in HIV care have been undermined by caveats common to single-site trials. The current work reports on a cohort of 10,652 HIV-positive adults linked to care at seven sites, with available patient data including geography, demography, and risk factor indices, and with substance-specific SUDs identified via self-report instruments with validated diagnostic thresholds. Generalized estimating equations also tested patient indices as SUD predictors. Findings were: (1) a 48 % SUD prevalence rate (between-site range of 21-71 %), with 20 % of the sample evidencing polysubstance use disorder; (2) substance-specific SUD rates of 31 % for marijuana, 19 % alcohol, 13 % methamphetamine, 11 % cocaine, and 4 % opiate; and (3) emergence of younger age and male gender as robust SUD predictors. Findings suggest high rates at which SUDs occur among patients at these urban HIV care sites, detail substance-specific SUD rates, and identify at-risk patient subgroups.
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  • AIDS and Behavior  Journal
  • Keywords

  • HIV care settings, Patient demography, Substance use disorders, United States, Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Alcoholism, Amphetamine-Related Disorders, Cocaine-Related Disorders, Female, HIV Infections, Humans, Male, Marijuana Abuse, Methamphetamine, Middle Aged, Opioid-Related Disorders, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Sex Factors, Substance Abuse, Intravenous, Substance-Related Disorders, United States, Young Adult
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    Author List

  • Hartzler B; Dombrowski JC; Crane HM; Eron JJ; Geng EH; Christopher Mathews W; Mayer KH; Moore RD; Mugavero MJ; Napravnik S
  • Start Page

  • 1138
  • End Page

  • 1148
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 4