By increasing understanding of how excessive alcohol consumption and interventions to reduce excessive drinking can impact HIV-related health outcomes and sexual behavior that transmits HIV, this program project can contribute greatly to efforts to improve the health of those living with HIV and to reduce the spread of HIV.

Through collaborations with the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research and local hospitals, Fenway Health, UMass-Boston, University of Florida, and Florida International University, we have been conducting state-of-the-art research on the combined effects of alcohol and HIV on brain structure and function and on the effects of behavioral alcohol intervention on alcohol use, sexual risk behavior, virologic outcomes, liver function, and neurocognitive function in HIV-infected men who have sex with men.