Drugs you smoke
Drugs you drink
Drugs you inject
How do drugs affect my HIV meds?

Drugs you smoke….

When you smoke a drug you can hurt the tissues in your mouth, throat and lungs. You are unlikely to get HIV or other STIs from smoking a drug. But be aware that you could get meningitis. When you’re high on drugs and having sex, you have to be very sure you’re using the condom right. If you’re high and having sex, it’s harder to be in control. You may be talked into having unsafe sex very easily, you might pass out, or you might just not care that much because you are more into your high than protecting yourself. You might also forget to take your HIV meds if you are high.

Have condoms or dental dams around, beside your bed, in your bag or somewhere where you’ll see them. That way, you’ll probably think to use them, especially if you are drunk or high. If you are planning to party, plan to be safe—pack condoms or dental dams and lube along with your drugs.

For more information:
Marijuana: Facts for Teens
Tips for Teens: The Truth about Marijuana

Hospital for Sick Children University of Toronto Positive Youth Outreach CATIE