“A study of HIV-positive black and Latino men who have sex with men finds the use of methamphetamine combined with intimate partner violence boosted the activity of genes that regulate the body’s inflammatory and antiviral functions.” Researchers of this study-including CBAM’s own Drs. Michael Li, Mariah Kalmin & Steven Shoptaw, sought to further understand the link between stress biology and substance use disorders as these findings demonstrate that both social challenges and substance use play a role in immune function in people living with HIV.


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