HIV and Injecting Drugs 101
Sharing needles or works puts people who inject drugs at high risk for getting HIV.
Can I Get HIV From Injecting Drugs?
Yes, if you share needles or works like spoons, cookers, cottons, or water with someone who has the virus. Sharing can transfer blood from person to person, and blood can carry HIV.
Also, when you're high on drugs, you're more likely to take risks with sex, which can increase your risk for getting HIV.
How Can I Lower My Risk of Getting HIV?
The best way is to stop injecting drugs. To find a treatment program to help you quit, visit www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
If you choose to inject drugs, here are some ways to lower your risk for HIV:
Where Can I Get New, Clean Needles?
For more information please visit www.cdc.gov/hiv.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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