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Interactions between anti-HIV and recreational (party) drugs
May 10, 2004

dear doctor

Is taking recreational drugs such as ecstasy (MDMA) while on anti-HIV treatmets harmful? Which recreational drugs are safe? thank you.

Response from Dr. Conway

There are no known interactions between ecstatsy and anti-HIV drugs. This being said, there are no "safe" recreational drugs, due to the likelihood that they will cause damage to organs (such as the liver) that may worsen the effects of the HIV disease itself or the side effects of the drugs. In addition, there is some evidence that cocaine may lead to an increase in viral replication. Finally, there is the point that recreational drug use will alter the choices a person makes in exposiing themselves to sexaul infections, hepatitis C or another dose of a more resistant HIV, all of which are harmful to their health.

There is no "safe" recreational drug.


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