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Life in the Fast Lane: HIV and Meth

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Science  13 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6091, pp. 176-177
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6091.176

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Methamphetamine use on the West Coast has become intimately linked to HIV in men who have sex with men (MSM). HIV prevalence in MSM has climbed in lockstep with the intensity of meth use. At one extreme, 86% of MSM at a residential treatment facility for drug addiction reported that they were HIV-infected; among recreational users, it was a still-high 23%. Studies have also shown that HIV-infected meth users on antiretroviral drugs have trouble sticking to their treatment regimen.