Regular alcohol consumption leads to increased HIV progression

Published: May 15, 2020

A recently conducted study has revealed that increased consumption of alcohol on regular basis aggravates the HIV disease. The study has been conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Miami, Florida International University and Johns Hopkins University. According to, intake of more than two alcoholic drinks in a day on regular basis fastens the progression of HIV disease by reducing the count of CD4+ cells in the body which tend to weaken the immune system of the people suffering from HIV, irrespective of the fact whether they undergo antiretroviral therapy (ART) or not.

As reported by, the study spanned over a period of 30 months which has proved the earlier belief wrong as per which the increased decline in the CD4+ cells is caused mainly due to poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy. The study established a direct link between the increased consumption of alcohol on regular basis and decrease in the CD4 cells of HIV infected patients. The study has been published in the journal called ‘AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses’.

Speaking about the study, Thomas Hope, Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology said “It is important that HIV infected individuals make informed decisions relating to alcohol consumption. This article will help to achieve that goal.”

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with HIVinclude basketball star Magic Johnson and entertainer Liberace.


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Published May 15, 2020 by in Health News
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