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Recent marijuana use in HIV-infected Russians associated with increased sex and drug risk behaviors
Date:2/13/2013

within the previous year. Forty-two percent of the respondents admitted to IDU and 23 percent to sharing needles within the previous 30 days, and 27 percent reported multiple sexual partners in the previous three months.

The data also showed a significant association among individuals who reported using marijuana within the previous 30 days and an increase in sharing needles, IDU and increase in the number of injections. In addition, while marijuana use was not associated with decreased condom use, it was associated with an increased number of sexual partners.

The study results indicate that asking HIV-infected patients about marijuana use may identify those who are at a higher risk for transmitting HIV.

"I don't think physicians currently inquire about marijuana use among HIV-infected individuals in part because they are not sure what to do with the information," said Samet, chief of general internal medicine at BMC and the article's corresponding author. "Given these findings and the high prevalence of marijuana use, it is important to explore whether or not its use results in risky behavior."


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Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary
jenny.eriksen@bmc.org
617-638-6841
Boston University Medical Center
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