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Crystal Meth Use And HIV Drug Interactions

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Frequently Asked Questions About Crystal Methamphetamine

How can I find an agency near me that provides information and services to gay and other men who have sex with men, who use methamphetamine? What is methamphetamine? What are the short-term effects of methamphetamine use? What are the long-term effects of methamphetamine use? What are some physical signs that someone is using meth? Is it possible to overdose from methamphetamine? How is methamphetamine...
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Crystal Meth and CD4 Count

I have been Hiv positive for 6 yrs now and am doing very well. However I have several friends who are also hiv positive. Two of my friends have been long time users of Crystal Meth and Both of the gentlemen are on Drug Therapy for HIV at this time...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Crystal meth is a particularly addictive drug because it affects a part of the brain called the reward center, which plays a role in positive reinforcement and associating various stimuli with good feelings. It's problematic for persons with... Read more »

Kaletra and Crystal Meth - deadly combo?

Shortly before I started meds, I confessed to my HMO doctor that I still sometimes party with crystal meth.Instead of prescribing me the easy to take atripla pills, the doctor chose kaletra and truvada instead.The doctor defended his choice because...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
The answer to this question would be yes, it is a potentially deadly combination. Actually, methamphetamine alone can be deadly as well. It's hard to know what to say but here is what I think makes the most sense. 1. Immediately stop using... Read more »

Crystal Meth and AIDS

hey dr,i have aids and use crystal meth(smoke it).It makes me feel very good and takes away alot of my pains and anxietys as well as I can accomplish many things.I wanted to know what are your personal views on smoking meth to help cope with AIDS????...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Smoking meth to cope with AIDS is a bad idea for many reasons. See below. I urge you to talk to your AIDS specialist if you need help with pain and/or anxiety control. There are many much safer modalities to help with these symptoms!Good luck.Dr.... Read more »

Hiv Drugs and Crystal Meth

Hello:I have elevated liver enzymes, even when off hiv meds. Can monthly or bi-monthly use of crystal meth elevate AST/ALT levels? And if so, how long would the elevations last.thanks for your site....
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Perhaps, but many things including alcohol, hepatitis viruses, other meds or diseases can also cause these elevations.... Read more »
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Crystal meth can make you test 'HIV'

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
In the United Kingdom from January 18, 2007 crystal meth is to be reclassified in the UK as a Class A drug. Crystal meth is now classed among the most harmful drugs. Poppers (Amyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl-Nitrite) should also now be upgraded and... Read more »

Crystal Meth and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I have recently been diagnosed with HIV at age 31. I have never been a very promiscuous person. My first boyfriend and I were together just over ten years. Both of us had few sexual partners in our lives before we met, we were both negative and... Read more »

Getting past crystal meth use

Posted by chadlee, 7 Replies
Hey there-I have been positive for a little over 4 years and most of that time I have been very addicted to crystal meth. I was using 24/7 for probably 3 years and about a year ago I tried to quit cold turkey with no help at all. I have only... Read more »

Crystal Meth/Anonymous-Unprotected Sex Craze

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
What is this I hear of young men contacting other gay men for crystal meth and sex on the internet where protection isnt even discussed or used. These kids are reporting multiple partners and there is a very high incidence of HIV. This is going on... Read more »