Prevalence of alcohol use and factors associated with problem drinking in social networks of people living with HIV infection in St. Petersburg, Russia

Yuri A. Amirkhanian, Jeffrey A. Kelly, Sergey S. Tarima, Anna V. Kuznetsova, Wayne J. Difranceisco, Vladimir B. Musatov, Alexey A. Yakovlev, Timothy L. McAuliffe

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Abstract

Russia has over 1.2 million HIV infections and Europe’s highest HIV incidence. Although its HIV epidemic is intertwined with high alcohol consumption rates, the interaction between alcohol use and HIV care in Russia is understudied. Five hundred eighty-six HIV-positive persons were recruited using social network methods in St. Petersburg. Fifty-nine percent of males, and 45% of females, drank regularly. Thirty percent of alcohol users reported binge drinking (males: ≥ 5 drinks; females ≥ 4 drinks) in the past week. Alcohol use was associated with lower HIV care engagement and having a detectable viral load. Multivariate analyses showed that any alcohol consumption, number of alcohol drinks consumed, and having a binge drinking day in the past week were associated with male gender, use of illicit drugs, drug injection, smaller social network size, lower social supports, being unmarried, and reporting condomless intercourse with nonmain partners. Interventions to improve HIV care in Russia must comprehensively address the use of alcohol and substances that interfere with care engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-393
Number of pages14
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Russia
Social Support
Drinking
HIV Infections
social network
alcohol
Alcohols
HIV
Binge Drinking
alcohol consumption
Alcohol Drinking
drug
Street Drugs
social support
Viral Load
incidence
Multivariate Analysis
human being
gender
interaction

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  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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Amirkhanian, Yuri A. ; Kelly, Jeffrey A. ; Tarima, Sergey S. ; Kuznetsova, Anna V. ; Difranceisco, Wayne J. ; Musatov, Vladimir B. ; Yakovlev, Alexey A. ; McAuliffe, Timothy L. / Prevalence of alcohol use and factors associated with problem drinking in social networks of people living with HIV infection in St. Petersburg, Russia. In: AIDS Education and Prevention. 2019 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 380-393.
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