We aimed to compare rates of illicit drug-related hospitalisations in HIV-negative (HIV-ve) (n = 1325) and HIV-positive (HIV+ve) (n = 557) gay and bisexual men (GBM) with rates seen in the general male population and to examine the association between self-reported illicit drug use and drug-related hospitalisation.
Participants were asked how often they used a range of illicit drugs in the previous 6 months at annual interviews. Drug-related hospital admissions were defined as hospital admissions for mental or behavioural disorders due to illicit drug use, drug poisoning or toxic effect of gases.
Drug-related hospitalisations were 4.8 times higher in the HIV-ve cohort and 3.5 times higher in the HIV+ve cohort compared with the general population. Periods of weekly drug use, poly-drug use and cannabis use were associated with drug-related hospitalisation in both cohorts, as was being a consistently high meth/amphetamine user throughout follow-up and being an inconsistent or consistent injecting drug user throughout follow-up.
Other risk factors for drug-related hospitalisation indicated the likelihood of comorbid drug and mental health issues in GBM hospitalised for drug use.
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By: Moore CL1, Gidding HF2, Jin F3, Mao L4, Petoumenos K3, Zablotska IB3, Poynten IM3, Prestage G3,5, Law MG3, Grulich AE3, Amin J3.
- 1The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Wallace Wurth Building, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
- 3The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Wallace Wurth Building, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia.
- 4Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
- 5Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
- AIDS Behav. 2016 Feb 2.
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