Beyond Overdose: Drug-Related Deaths in People With and Without HIV in San Francisco, 2007-2018

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Nov 18;7(12):ofaa565. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofaa565. eCollection 2020 Dec.


Despite elevated mortality in people with HIV (PWH) using drugs, drug-related deaths are poorly characterized. Among 6764 drug-related deaths, methamphetamine was more common in PWH than others. One in 4 deaths in PWH involved acute infection. Combatting mortality in PWH who use drugs should include stimulant-specific and infection prevention efforts.

Keywords: HIV infections; cause of death; drug overdose; infections.