Getting High on HIV Drugs in South Africa
December 11, 2008
Health authorities in South Africa are warning about a troubling phenomenon that is becoming more evident: Some teenagers are smoking antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to get high.
As for the youths, Kasongo continued, "People who are healthy, that are taking this medication are exposing themselves to potential side effects of these drugs." "Abusing a particular drug, whichever it is, is a concern because it can give rise to resistance to drugs within that same group."
Government, social workers and educational authorities must work cooperatively to combat the problem, Kasongo said.
12.10.2008; Alka Marwaha
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.