Ritalin and HIV
Mar 7, 2005
I have Atention Defecit Disoreder (ADD) and I take Metadate which is a time release form of retailn.
I read that the use of Methamphetamaine increses the chance of contracting the HIV virus? I am a gay man and I "hook up" with other men ocasionally always trying to be safe.
Am I at a higher risk becuase of the medication? Should I not take my meds on days I know I am going to intercat with other sexual partners?
Response from Dr. Frascino
"Intercat" with other sexual partners? What's that???
"Retailn" hmmm, that sounds like doing business. You can either be "wholesale-n" or "retail-n."
OK, never mind. To directly answer your question, Ritalin (or retailn, for that matter) will not increase the chance of contracting HIV. You should not stop your mediation on hook-up days.
To protect your negative HIV status, all you need to do is be safe. Note that's a bit different than "trying to be safe."
Illegal methamphetamines can cause loss of inhibition, which can lead to unsafe sexual practices.
Just remember to stay safe to stay well!
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