URBAN ARCH, a member of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) CHAART (Consortiums for HIV/AIDS and Alcohol Research Translation) initiative, conducts and disseminates interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding how alcohol use impacts people affected by HIV and develops interventions to reduce alcohol use and alcohol and HIV-related consequences in this population.


New Publication: Addressing intersectional stigma as a care barrier for HIV-positive people who inject drugs: Design of an RCT in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Rossi et al., Contemp Clin Trials Commun)

New Award: Rich Saitz received the 2021 David C. Lewis Award from AMERSA for his outstanding work and leadership in substance use education, research, clinical care, and policy.

New Grant: Congratulations to Rich Saitz and Michael Stein on receiving a P01 grant addressing chronic pain and physical inactivity in people living with HIV with unhealthy alcohol use.

New Grant: Congratulations to Jeffrey Samet on receiving a P01 grant examining the role of alcohol use on new TB acquisition, occurrence of active TB disease after TB preventative therapy, and post-TB lung disease among people living with HIV.

New Grant: Congratulations to Matthew Freiberg on receiving a P01 grant determining if a tailored probiotic can mitigate alcohol associated gut dysbiosis and lower levels of microbial translocation, inflammation, and improve harmful dysbiotic metabolite profiles, and if these metabolites are associated with incident CVD and death among PLWH.

New Publication: Post-traumatic stress disorder among persons with HIV who engage in heavy alcohol consumption in southwestern Uganda. (Kekibiina et al., BMC Psychiatry)

New Publication: Heavy alcohol use among women and men living with HIV in Uganda, Russia, and the United States. (Gnatienko et al., J Stud Alcohol Drugs)

Check out the latest issue of the quarterly URBAN ARCH Newsletter!

New Publication: The drinkers’ intervention to prevent tuberculosis (DIPT) trial among heavy drinkers living with HIV in Uganda: study protocol of a 2×2 factorial trial. (Lodi et al., Trials)

New Publication: Alcohol consumption and tryptophan metabolism among people with HIV prior to antiretroviral therapy initiation: The Uganda ARCH cohort study. (Pierre et al., Alcohol Alcohol)

New Publication: Lack of association between recent cannabis use and advanced liver fibrosis among HIV-positive heavy drinkers. (Fuster et al., Curr HIV Res)

New Publication:  Prevalence of elevated liver transaminases and their relationship with alcohol use in people living with HIV on anti-retroviral therapy in Uganda. (Freiman et al., PLoS One)

New Publication: Alcohol consumption and hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA levels in HIV/HCV coinfected patients. (Fuster et al., Viruses)

New Publication: Factors associated with phosphatidylethanol (PEth) sensitivity for detecting unhealthy alcohol use: An individual patient data meta-analysis. (Hahn et al., Alcohol Clin Exp Res)

New Publication: Per-protocol analysis of the ZINC trial for HIV disease among alcohol users. (Lodi et al., Trails)

New Publication: The Hepatitis C continuum of care among HIV-positive persons with heavy alcohol use in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Corcorran et al., AIDS Behav)

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