Does mixing sex and alcohol make it easier to get HIV?

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Alcohol has been identified as a serious risk factor when it comes to HIV and related problems.

South African Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism asked if your drinking affect your sex life? And can HIV infection be linked to alcohol consumption?

Studies on the matter:

There is a highly significant relationship between frequency and intensity of drug and alcohol use and risky sex among American HIV-negative gay men, a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows.

While it is well-established that alcohol and drug use lead to poorer outcomes for those living with HIV in settings such as Europe and North America, there is a scarcity of data for people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Two studies presented at the 10th International AIDS Society Science Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico City yesterday showed poorer engagement with HIV care for those drinking or using drugs. Source: aidsmap

Safe drinking limits for people living with HIV may be lower than the recommendations for the rest of the population, a large US cohort study suggests, especially in people not taking antiretroviral therapy. The findings are published by the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Alcohol consumption has an impact on the intention of individuals to have unprotected sex, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Addiction.

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