“A new study says that opioid drugs might actually help to improve outcomes for HIV patients. Indeed, according to lead study author Bohdan Nosyk, PhD—of the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada—says “Our study adds to a growing body of evidence showing that access to opioid agonist therapy has positive downstream effects on HIV-related outcomes.”
Nora Volkow, MD, of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, notes that people who use drugs, of course, are a major contributor to the circulation of AIDS.
“This is tragic,” she continues, because HIV infection is widely known to be quickly spread between people who share intravenous drug needles. Furthermore, she says that this is the reason needle exchange programs are so important.
“Injection drug users are much less likely to be given treatment for HIV or substance use disorder because of the stigma of both,” Dr Volkow said. But, “not only is opioid agonist therapy useful in preventing HIV infection, treatment improves HIV-related outcomes because it improves adherence, so injection drug users are more likely to achieve viral suppression.”
Source: Piercepioneer.com – July 22, 2015