World AIDS Day 2020, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
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Learn more about the importance of viral supression.
Alcohol and drug use can be harmful to your health and get out of hand for some people. Modest use of alcohol can help your heart health in some circumstances, but it can also lead to long-term effects that are harmful and reduce your ability to fight off HIV. Different drugs have different effects on the body, and they can affect your judgement, mental health, and physical health differently. The use of illegal drugs presents multiple risks to the health of people living with HIV including harmful effects on the body and the risks associated with injection drug use, and risks associated with sexual transmission of HIV.
Alcohol and drug use, abuse, and dependence may damage your body and brain, and drug overdoses can cause death. This damage to your body and brain can negatively affect your health and well-being in many ways. These are just some examples.
Choosing to stop using drugs or alcohol is not easy, but it can be done. Quitting will improve your health, well-being, and relationships with others.
Support is available. Many organizations provide hotlines and guidance on substance abuse treatment options:
CDC offers more information on substance abuse and treatment.