Drug and alcohol use if you have HIV

Use of intravenous (IV) drugs increases the risk of HIV progression, although the reasons for this are not clear. The use of IV drugs makes it more difficult to follow a treatment plan and increases the risk of transmitting HIV to others.

Abuse of marijuana, cocaine (crack), or other drugs, or abuse of alcohol, also increases the rate of HIV progression.

Last Updated: April 10, 2009

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