Brown awarded $7.5M for study about interaction of alcohol and HIV

PETER MONTI, director of the new Brown Alcohol Research Center on HIV, which will run the study, said both alcohol and HIV can weaken the brain and the liver. /
PETER MONTI, director of the new Brown Alcohol Research Center on HIV, which will run the study, said both alcohol and HIV can weaken the brain and the liver. /
PROVIDENCE – A Brown University team has been awarded $7.5 million to study a question that scientists are only beginning to answer: why alcohol seems to do particular harm to people with HIV, and what doctors with HIV-positive patients should do about it. The study, financed by a five-year National Institutes of Health grant, is…

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t we already know the answers to these questions? Does anyone even question that alcohol has a detrimental effect on the liver and brain? Does the fact that these symptons are more acute with individuals with HIV surprise anyone?

    If a person with HIV asks his/her doctor about whether they should quit drinking, wouldn’t the appropriate response be – “If you do not want any risk stop drinking, if drinking is that important to you then drink – in moderation – but accept the consequences”. Why do we need to spend $7.5 million for this. Couldn’t this money be better well spent for, let me think, a cure of HIV or cancer, etc. or not spent at all.

  2. Richard, your answer is extremely short sighted. The purpose of the study come about because folks with HIV are living longer. These questions were never asked because no one expected to live very long. I know someone close to me that is living with HIV and is doing very well on these new drugs. There are many complications with them, but being alive is the main goal. Heavy drinking is not the question trying to be answered here. Since drinking alcohol is a normal activity in daily life for many, you have to look at the question from its entirity, which includes heavy drinkers. This study and its findings will be used with the many other studies conducted to help build a body of knowledge on HIV. The goal is to ultimately find a cure. Remember, penicillin was found by complete accident.