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Cocaine Users Put At Increased Risk of HIV Infection

CBS News reports on a study in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology that has found that cocaine use may increase the likelihood of HIV infection. The study focused on CD4 T cells, which typically are able to fight off the HIV infection. Scientists plated CD4 cells from healthy donors with HIV, half of which were injected with cocaine and the other half which were left without cocaine. They found that the CD4 cells plated with cocaine were much more susceptible to HIV infection and that cocaine actually “was also found to boost the spread of the virus through the cells.” Healthcare professionals advise that, “Patients with histories of substance of abuse, particularly cocaine, may need to be watched a little bit more carefully” for the development of AIDS.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study in Journal of Leukocyte Biology.