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Is Recreational Drug Use True Cause Of Hiv

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Recreational Drugs and HIV

How Does Recreational Drug Use Affect HIV? Recreational drug use can make people more likely to be infected by HIV. Also, for people taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs) to fight HIV, there can be some serious interactions between drugs and ARVs. These interactions can lead to under- or overdoses of ARVs or recreational drugs. Some of these may be fatal. Drugs And Getting Infected With HIV Drug and alcohol use increases the likelihood...
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Recreational Drug Use

Hello DoctorA good friend of mine has recently sarted HAART. She has achieved an undetectable viral load within three months and gained 60 t cells so is having a great response. Recreational drug use has been a regular feature of our group of...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Separate from the negative health issues of using mdma or ketamine, missing occasional doses of Atripla (missing just 3 doses a year would be considered outstanding adherence)for whatever reason usually doesn't result in failure of the regimen... Read more »

Interactions between anti-HIV and recreational (party) drugs

dear doctorIs taking recreational drugs such as ecstasy (MDMA) while on anti-HIV treatmets harmful? Which recreational drugs are safe? thank you....
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
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... Read more »

HIV and recreational drugs

Hi,I am about to start treatment for HIV diagnosed last year. I take recreational drugs occasionally, namely ketamine, ecstasy (MDMA) and GHB, but not in excessive amounts.Are there any interactions between HAART and recreational drugs?If so, what...
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
Thank you for writing. I'm glad you are inquiring about this because it's important to be aware of potential interactions. Club drugs such as those you mentioned, even when used infrequently, are often ingested over the course of a... Read more »

Recreational Drugs and Their Affect on Testing

Dear Dr,Is it true that if someone smokes marijuana, their immune system is surpressed and hiv tests may not pick up the virus? In other words produce a great number of false negatives?Thanks.......
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
There is no published data to specifically answer your question, but in my opinion, I doubt very much. Of those patients in my practice who are HIV positive and use medicinal marijuana, I have not seen any negative effects on T cell number or viral... Read more »
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Recreational drugs

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
i am going to be starting meds soon and i was wondering what treatments i should avoid. i occasionally do recreational drugs such as ecstasy, ghb, and special k. what kind of reactions can be deadly? i don't want to tell my doctor about my use of... Read more »

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I know you don't know me, my husband nor my family, but I am going to try as hard as possible to best describe them all. My father, mother and two brothers are wonderful people. Very loving close and caring. I am 34. At nineteen, met... Read more »


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How true is this statement:
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Is This True?

Posted by SelfRevelations, 5 Replies
Hello, Newbie here.
I was recently talking to a male (HIV-)friend of mine about the transmission of HIV/AIDS. He has a female friend in the nursing health field & she told him that there is more of a chance that the male would infect a female... Read more »