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Hiv And Ivdu

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Risk High in Afghani, Pakistani Drug Users

New research suggests that IV-drug users along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border could be on the verge of an HIV/AIDS epidemic due to risky behavior and lack of awareness of the disease. Of 956 drug users referred to a drop-in center in Quetta, a city... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Adding Up Damage Done by Drugs; but Is Ottawa Ready for Safe Injection Site

Ottawa residents on Thursday debated the merits and concerns associated with offering IV drug users (IDUs) a supervised injection site much like the Insite facility in Vancouver. The half-day open forum attracted about 120 participants and was... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Injection Site Could Save Millions -- Report

A supervised injection site for IV drug users (IDUs) in Victoria would cost $1.2 million Canadian ($1.1 million US) to operate but could save $3 million Canadian ($2.7 million US) in health care costs and hospital visits each year, according to a... Read more »
Ask the Experts


Hello Dr,From what I understand the type of HIV infected by IV drug users homosexuals is more virulent than that of heterosexuals and more difficult to treat. More research is likely needed here or perhaps it is merely correlative data....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I am unaware of data suggesting there are differences in the virulence of HIV infecting persons who acquire their infection via needle sharing versus sex. DW... Read more »

Nutritional Assessment- malnutrition

Is there a specific form for nutritional assessment of IV drug users with HIV/AIDS? would use of the SGA be appropriate? Should I be looking for more detailed or specific information?I realize this is not abiochemicaly related labs question, but I...
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
Sorry, I don't have an answer for you.... Read more »

Substance abuse & HIV

Assuming that intravenous drug use, specifically crystal meth, is habitual and self-destructive, I would like to know just how this habit affects the HIV virus and generally what are the short and long-term effects to the body? ...
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
No specific data to my knowledge on this topic, only epidemiological data.... Read more »

health volunteer

while volunteering at a hospital recently, i accidently touch the blood of an IVDU. there were no breaks in my skin n immediately wiped with alcohol swab & wahed with hibiscus scrub. what's my risk? please help. tanx. ps good job on this...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
If the blood did not have access to your bloodstream (either through contact with mucous membranes or a recent injury), then you are at minimal risk for HIV infection. Your skin provides an excellent barrier to HIV. Transmission to healthcare... Read more »
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stupid question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
This may sound really dense, but I have to ask. I understand why IV drug users "may" be more prone to HIV infection because of the direct route into the bloodstream. But why did HIV hit the gay men community as heavily as it did in the 80's? Is... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi Guys,

Just a quick question what is the official window period? And can anybody besides IV drug users and chemo patients not show antibodies before 12/13 weeks? Or is it impossible?

Any opinions

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bi friends

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i am a new hiver living in vancouver. most of the other hivers in my city are gay or iv drug users.

are there other bi guys out there who want to correspond, maybe start a bbs here at the body or whatever,

anyways, i'm a street punk, urban... Read more »

Night Sweats Continue

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My night sweats continue-I am 100% convinced I have HIV, the only thing left is to figure out how to live my sorry life. I panicked again last night in a BIG way and went to the ER. They did a chest XRay which was negative. They said this means... Read more »