Men living with HIV need fewer drinks than negative men to feel the effects of alcohol, according to a new study. “People who have HIV infection have a lower tolerance for alcohol than similar people without HIV,” said Professor Amy Justice of Yale University.
Yale researchers studied data on more than 2,600 men. They analysed survey responses from both HIV-positive and HIV-negative participants. Researchers also compared reactions of HIV-positive men with detectable viral loads with those of positive men with undetectable viral loads (UVL). Those with an unsuppressed virus were more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than both HIV-positive men with UVL and the negative cohort.