Illicit drug use can cause a variety of effects including alterations in the immune system. The goal of our study was to evaluate the impact of illicit drug use on inflammation and oxydative stress status in people living with HIV (PLHIV) or not. Circulating lipopolysaccharide (LPS), inflammatory and regulatory cytokines, oxidative stress markers and cellular imune response were investigated in the blood of those groups using or not cannabis and/or cocaine.
Dr Pfrimer is professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Goias, Goiania, Brazil. She did her postdoctoral research at Federal University of Sao Paulo. She has published research articles, and book chapters in the field of HIV, Zika and Viral Hepatitis.