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Psychosocial and Demographic Correlates of Drug Use in a Sample of HIV-Positive Adults Ages 50 and Older.
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PMID:  23408281     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The prevalence of HIV among adults 50 and older in the USA is increasing as a result of improvements in treatment and detection of HIV infection. Substance use by this population has implications for physical and mental health outcomes. We examined patterns of demographics, mental health, and recent substance use in a diverse sample of heterosexual, bisexual, and gay adults 50 and older living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in New York City. The most commonly used substances were cigarettes or alcohol; however, the majority of the sample did not report recent use of marijuana, poppers, or hard drugs (crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, and LSD or PCP). Statistically significant associations between substance use and psychological states (well-being and loneliness) were generally weak, and depression scores were not significantly related to use; instead, drug use was associated with gender/sexual orientation. The study observations support addressing substance use specific to subpopulations within PLWHA.
Authors:
Daniel E Siconolfi; Perry N Halkitis; Staci C Barton; Molly J Kingdon; Rafael E Perez-Figueroa; Vanessa Arias-Martinez; Stephen Karpiak; Mark Brennan-Ing
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-6695     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Sci     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100894724     Medline TA:  Prev Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, New York University, 726 Broadway, Suite 525, New York, NY, 10003, USA, des245@nyu.edu.
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