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Reddon H, Grant C, Nosova E, Fairbairn N, Barrios R, Justice AC, Nolan S, Socias ME, Milloy MJ. The Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) Index Predicts Mortality in a Community-recruited Cohort of People With Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Who Use Illicit Drugs. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2021 Aug 2; 73(3):538-541.
The Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) index combines commonly collected clinical biomarkers to estimate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease severity. Among a prospective cohort of people living with HIV who use illicit drugs (PWUD) (n = 948), we found that the VACS index was significantly associated with mortality over a 20-year study period.