SEATTLE — Despite a more than 12% decrease in the overall rate of death among people living with HIV between 2011 and 2015 in the United States, deaths attributed to opioid overdose in this population rose by more than 42% during the same time period, according to findings presented at CROI.

“Our analysis sought to assess unintentional opioid deaths, specifically among persons with HIV because we know that persons with HIV infection are more likely to have chronic pain, and more likely to receive opioid treatments and receive higher doses of opioids,” Karin A. Bosh, MD, from the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said during a news conference. “In addition, they

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are more likely to have a substance abuse disorder and illness than the general U.S. population.”

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