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Vaccine Challenges Injection Drug Users

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Get the Facts
AIDS InfoNet

Vaccinations and HIV

...not be used by people with HIV. Tetanus and Diphtheria: Tetanus is a serious disease caused by common bacteria. Tetanus infection can occur in any cut in the skin. It cannot be passed from person to person. Injecting drug users have a higher risk of a tetanus infection. Diphtheria is another bacterial disease. It can be passed from person to person and is common in homeless people. Diphtheria and tetanus vaccines are always...
Ask the Experts

problem with vaccine

vaccines for the flu don't make you not get the flu, they make your body fight it off when it comes. So, why do they consider it a failure of the Merck trials that it seemed to make the patient for susceptible to getting hiv? it scientfically...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...condom usage; medically supervised adult male circumcision; harm-reduction approaches such as needle and syringe exchanges for injection drug users; and antiretroviral drug regimens for HIV-infected pregnant women to prevent mother-to-child HIV... Read more »

Bush/Reagan not the only ones with a subpar track record

Dear Dr. Bob,I have been reading your forum for a few years now, on and off. I find your approach peoples concerns about transmission very helpful and informative, and I thank you for that. I will agree that more has to be done by ALL to ensure that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...News, 8/15). Needle-Exchange, Circumcision, Vaccine On the issue of needle-exchange programs to prevent the spread of HIV among injection drug users, Clinton said he regretted his decision not to support the programs while he was president. "I... Read more »

Injecting drug user - very worried

I have been addicted to heroin for 3 years and yesterday found out that I am HIV+. I think I got it from a sex worker. Will heroin affect my ability to fight off this virus?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...progression of HIV to AIDS and death between those who use illicit drugs, including the injection of heroin and cocaine, and non-drug users, although there are a few laboratory-based studies that suggest that heroin and cocaine increase HIV... Read more »

Co-infected Injection Drug User...Drug Toxicity and Liver Care

I am a co-infected injection drug user and want to reduce the damage that i am doing to my liver. I use multiple substances and have no intention of being "drug-free" at this time. I know that alcohol is the most toxic to my liver, however I am...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
This is a tough one. Most of those are toxic in one way or another, but not particularly liver toxic. The only ones that are really liver dangerous are ectasy and special K. The others are all dangerous, but not usually to the liver. Marijuana is... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Syringe Disinfection for Injection Drug Users

...Tell IDUs? To Learn More About This Topic For 20 years, syringe disinfection has been a part of HIV prevention efforts for injection drug users (IDUs). Questions about it persist, however, because of limited scientific studies, varying... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Impact of Partially Effective HIV Vaccine on a Population of Intravenous Drug Users in Bangkok, Thailand: A Dynamic Model

...As of 1999, HIV prevalence was 2.2 percent in Thailand and 33 percent among Thai injection drug users (IDUs) in major urban areas. Bangkok is currently the site of one of only two large-scale AIDS vaccine trials in the world. Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

On the Trail of a Vaccine

...America and in Thailand. The population being studied in North America is men who have sex with men (MSM); in Thailand it is injection drug users (IDUs). The North American study will be completed at the end of 2002 and we should have some... Read more »
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

First Positive Results From Large-Scale HIV Vaccine Trial

...impact the route of exposure and the amount of virus people were exposed to. While some men who have sex with men and injection-drug users were enrolled, the majority of volunteers were heterosexual men and women. "One of the reasons people have... Read more »
Connect With Others

time line

Posted by Anonymous
...Pneumocystis pneumonia. These cases differ from those seen in Los Angeles because Friedland's patients are not gay men, but instead injection drug users sharing needles in New York's "shooting galleries," where people go to rent needles and... Read more »

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 »

front line

Posted by Anonymous
...countries have focused on broad-based prevention programs at the expense of specific at-risk populations, including sex workers, injection drug users, and men who have sex with men. Here is a closer look at the leading international donors for... Read more »

Sexual transmission from IV drug user

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I've heard that the only people who need to test beyond the standard 3 month window are IV drug users. So here's a good question: What if someone had a risky sexual encounter with an IV drug user (HIV+ because of drug use)? Read more »