ERIC Number: ED374374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
AIDS and Chemical Dependency.
Pohl, Melvin I.
After defining HIV and the AIDS disease and outlining symptoms and means of infection, this fact sheet lists the ways alcohol and drugs are involved with the AIDS epidemic, noting that needle-sharing transmits the virus; that alcohol or mood-altering drugs like crack cocaine cause disinhibition, increase sex drive, encourage sex for drugs, and affect judgment; that drugs and alcohol may be biological co-factors causing HIV to progress to AIDS; that many people with HIV infection are diagnosed when seeking treatment for chemical dependence and may have symptoms related to HIV infection, such as pain, anxiety, nausea, and fever; and that HIV is sometimes associated with relapse into alcohol or other substance abuse in people who have had a period of sobriety. The sheet concludes by outlining commonly-used and new blood tests for diagnosing HIV, and by discussing medical, psychological, nutritional, and lifestyle means of managing AIDS infection. Chemical dependency professionals have the expertise necessary to provide supportive, nurturing, and successful healthcare for those with HIV infections and AIDS. (MSF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Center of Alcohol Studies.