Long-Term Health Effects of Methamphetamine Use in the MACS
|P.I.||STEVE SHOPTAW, PH.D.|
The specific aims are:
- To identify the precursors of methamphetamine (“meth”) use and/or abuse among MSM,
- To identify the development of co-morbidities and HIV risk among meth users,
- To identify development of comorbities and HIV risk among minority men, and
- To test whether meth use hastens HIV disease progression in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy.
This is a multicenter, prospective substudy of the MACS study designed to test the theoretical model of the emergence of meth use and associated health problems among MSM by administering psychosocial/behavioral questionnaires at two consecutive MACS Visits, 49/50. Data collected included a battery of psychosocial measures, early lifetime stressors, ongoing stressors, current sexual behaviors, drug use patterns, and other health risks.