Living with HIV

Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs come in many different forms including drinks, cigarettes and those that you swallow, snort, shelve or shoot-up. Some are part of daily accepted life while others have a negative reputation.

However you choose to use, we are here to help make sure that you know the ways to keep yourself safe, to be alert to the warning signs that use is becoming problematic and give you the tools and options for support to get you back on your feet.

Drugs and Alcohol Interactions with your HIV treatments

For people living with HIV, it is important to know how any drug can interact with your HIV treatments. Whether you’re new to treatment or have been on your HIV journey for a long time, it’s recommended that you keep up-to-date on knowledge about drug interactions and how those substances you might be introducing into your body will affect you.

NAPWHA have published a short guide to drug interactions which includes alcohol, ecstasy, speed, gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), Viagra, Methadone and Cannabis.

For a more comprehensive listing and technical details of interactions you can search this US based website: www.hiv-druginteractions.org