American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Nutritional Alterations in Drug Abusers With and Without HIV

Janet E. Forrester

DOI : 10.3844/ajidsp.2006.180.183

American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Volume 2, Issue 3

Pages 180-183


Many studies have found that drug abusers have nutritional deficits, including weight deficits. The most plausible explanation for these deficits is dietary insufficiency. However, studies using objective measures of the dietary intake of drug abusers have failed to provide evidence of dietary insufficiency. Other mechanisms have rarely been examined. This article reviews the published literature on the nutritional status of drug abusers with and without HIV, with emphasis on dietary energy and macronutrient intake.


© 2006 Janet E. Forrester. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.