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What Is The Relationship Between Injection Drug Use And HIV Infection?

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Drug Use and HIV

How Does Drug Use Relate to HIV? Injection and Infection Access to Clean Needles Drug Use and Unsafe Sex Medications and Drugs The Bottom Line How Does Drug Use Relate to HIV? Drug and alcohol use is a major factor in the spread of HIV infection. Shared equipment for using drugs can carry HIV and hepatitis, and drug and alcohol use is linked with unsafe sexual activity. Drug and alcohol use can also be dangerous for people who are...
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Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
HBV and HIV can be transmitted in similar fashion - through injection drug use or sex.Patients who have HIV before they get HBV have a lower chance of clearing their hepatitis B.... Read more »

Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) and HIV statistics

what is the percentage of people contacting aids/hiv through dirty needles?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. Let me show you some statistics to give you a general idea of the percentage of people who have become infected with HIV specifically through sharing IV drug needles. These statistics do not include people who became... Read more »

Hiv blood test (Syringe) vs drug injection

Hi Dr.WohlI have a debate with a friend about this issue, and i'll appreciate to get your professional opinion.I read some people are afraid to get hiv blood test(Syringe)because they have fear that somehow infected blood is in the syringe and...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I am happy to settle a bet probably made over beers between two thoughtful pals. Before I do that we should be clear that getting an HIV test entails NO RISK at all of catching HIV. It is almost unimaginable that anyone offering testing fro 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,...
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 »
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injection of hiv from hiv positive person

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I was at a party injecting drugs. I shared the needle with 2 other people. Later i found out that the guy i shared the needle with was hiv positive. I know i have to get tested. Is it 100% chance that i am infected since his hiv blood went... Read more »

Crystal Methamphetamine and the HIV Relationship

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have been reading a lot lately about the many of us who became positive after a night of partying (mostly on CM) although I am sure there are many other party drugs that would take you there.

In my case, I was over 40 when I started. Never did... Read more »

poz/neg relationship and monagamy

Posted by AZguy11, 2 Replies
Im curious about others experiences. Ive been in a relationship for 4 years with someone who is neg, we found out I was poz about 3 years ago. Everything is great but our sex life of coarseHe couldnt be sweeter and more supportive of me, but he... Read more »

+/- Relationship Help

Posted by briguysfo, 5 Replies
I met my soul mate nearly a year ago - he is HIV+ and I'm HIV-... During the year together we've experienced a lot of different emotions and troubles like any relationship would, however I'm starting to feel as if my partner is really angry all of... Read more »