Biomarker testing to estimate under-reported heavy alcohol consumption by persons with HIV initiating ART in Uganda

Judith A. Hahn, Mwebesa B. Bwana, Martin A. Javors, Jeffrey N. Martin, Nneka I. Emenyonu, David Bangsberg

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Abstract

Alcohol affects the transmission and treatment of HIV, yet may be under-reported in resource-limited settings. We compared self-reported alcohol consumption with levels of plasma carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (%CDT), a biomarker of heavy alcohol consumption, in persons initiating antiretroviral therapy in Uganda. Almost seven percent (6.7%) of persons reporting abstaining and 10% reporting consuming 1-40 drinks in the prior month tested positive for %CDT, and actual under-report may be higher due to low sensitivity of %CDT. These results suggest likely under-report in those reporting abstaining and current drinking. Improved identification of heavy alcohol consumption is needed for research and clinical purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1265-1268
Number of pages4
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Alcohol drinking
  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Biological markers
  • Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin
  • HIV
  • Uganda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Social Psychology

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Biomarker testing to estimate under-reported heavy alcohol consumption by persons with HIV initiating ART in Uganda. / Hahn, Judith A.; Bwana, Mwebesa B.; Javors, Martin A.; Martin, Jeffrey N.; Emenyonu, Nneka I.; Bangsberg, David.

In: AIDS and Behavior, Vol. 14, No. 6, 2010, p. 1265-1268.

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Hahn, Judith A. ; Bwana, Mwebesa B. ; Javors, Martin A. ; Martin, Jeffrey N. ; Emenyonu, Nneka I. ; Bangsberg, David. / Biomarker testing to estimate under-reported heavy alcohol consumption by persons with HIV initiating ART in Uganda. In: AIDS and Behavior. 2010 ; Vol. 14, No. 6. pp. 1265-1268.
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