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Level Of HIV Risk For Intravenous Drug Users

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AIDS InfoNet

Women and HIV

...Many women with HIV do not know how they got infected. This suggests that one or more of their male partners are infected. During sex, HIV is transmitted from men to women about twice as easily as from women to men. A woman's risk of infection is highest with anal intercourse, or if she has a vaginal infection. The risk of infection is higher if her male sex partner is or was an injection drug user, has other sex partners, has had sex with...
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Family members are IV Drug Users... is there a risk for me to be around them?

Hello I am a college student and live mostly on campus, except for when I go on breaks and stay with my family. I don't go home a lot because I have seven people in my immediate family who are IV drug users and I really can't handle the stress and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Neither HIV nor hepatitis C is transmitted via casual contact, such as sharing eating utensils, dishware, showers, food, drinks, etc. I would Read more »

Working with an ex IV drug user with Hep C

Hello,I just found out that a co-worker is an ex heroin user and has Hep C (he may also have HIV as well). Should I be concerned about contact with him? I work in a school and he cleans/touches my desk, doors, etc. If he's not careful with open...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Hepatitis C is spread by blood exposure mainly through injection drug use and uncommonly through sexual intercourse. There is no risk of hepatitis C to household contacts; our only recommendation is not to share razors. For you, there is no risk... Read more »

Hep C/HIV risk from dried blood?

My child recently had routine blood work done. On the arm rest was an area of dried blood which the tech wiped up with an alcohol pad before my child put his arm up. Is there any risk from this? Also, the tech uncapped the needle early, put it down...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...when blood meets blood, like a direct injection of fresh blood into the vein of other person - as is the case with injection drug users. Read more »

HIV in homosexuals?

Why is that gays and lesbians are more likely to get HIV and AIDS than heterosexuals?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...transmission is extremely rare. In the United States, most cases of transmission occur through male-male sexual contact and injection drug users, with heterosexual transmission on the rise (as seen in the rising cases among women).It's important... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How Can Injection Drug Users Reduce Their Risk for HIV Infection?

... The CDC recommends that people who inject drugs should be regularly counseled to stop using and injecting drugs. enter and complete substance abuse treatment, including Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Female Sexual Partners of Injection Drug Users in Vietnam: An At-Risk Population in Urgent Need of HIV Prevention Services

... HIV prevalence among injection drug users in Vietnam is approximately 30 percent, a factor driving the nation's epidemic. "Most IDUs are sexually active and may infect Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Association Between Testing for HIV and Changes in Risk Behaviors Among Injecting Drug Users in S. China

...introduction, the authors cite "a growing need for research in China regarding post-test risk behavior differences among injecting drug users that explores the effect of various testing modes (non-voluntary vs. voluntary) and other related... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alcohol and HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Injection Drug Users associated with sexual behaviors that raise the risk of HIV transmission, the authors analyzed data from 6,341 injection drug users (IDUs) who entered detoxification or methadone maintenance programs in New York City between 1990 and 2004. In... Read more »
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iv drug user hiv hep c syphillis

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...If you had sex with iv drug user would it take longer to show up hiv positive? Could you go into neurosyphillis within months please help Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...A user in the other section said she sat on a needle and got HIV, its very possible and it has happened before, my question is has anyone ever heard of this happening ? and do they know anyone Read more »

Women don't get Aids unless they are drug users

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I was a drug user and was "labelled" hiv positive (meaning I had the antibodies against hiv which usually under every other disease means you are Read more »

Incidence of women getting HIV

Posted by Anonymous
...heterosexual women with the safe sex message. In the past, efforts have been geared toward reaching gay men and intravenous drug users, the groups that made up most HIV/AIDS cases. Black women make up almost half of women newly diagnosed with... Read more »