Is substance abuse a risk factor in HIV infection? it seems easier to meet people at parties after a few drinks, my inhibitions are down and I might do something I would regret later.

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    Feb 16, 2010 2:46 PM GMT
    The last time I was tested, I was so nervous because I was stuck on what had happened several months ago at a party. After several drinks, I went home with someone and didn't remember much.
  • darryaz

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    Feb 16, 2010 3:27 PM GMT
    It's a huge factor, for exactly the reason you mentioned.
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    Feb 16, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    It is, but unless there is something wrong with your ability to control and enjoy your drinking you probably have less to worry about than you think.
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    Feb 16, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidIt is, but unless there is something wrong with your ability to control and enjoy your drinking you probably have less to worry about than you think.


    Well, he already said that he didn't remember much. That's not a good sign.
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    Feb 16, 2010 3:36 PM GMT
    darryaz said
    SAHEM62896 saidIt is, but unless there is something wrong with your ability to control and enjoy your drinking you probably have less to worry about than you think.


    Well, he already said that he didn't remember much. That's not a good sign.


    True, but I don't know if this is a pattern or not. Granted, he did say "substance abuse"... but still, a blackout does not necessarily make one an alcoholic.
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    Feb 16, 2010 3:59 PM GMT
    Yes, it's a known factor and a major one. Getting drunk and doing drugs is part of the reason young guys, under age 24, are considered the most at-risk group for HIV.
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    Feb 16, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    Take it from someone who is HIV+
    I hesitate even chatting with someone who is drunk/high because of this reason.

    99% of the time they are not making rational decisions or really thinking about what they are doing. I definatly ask them to wait and meet/talk again when they are sober. And the majority of the time I never hear from them again. I have never understood the reasons why - but it could be due to as you said not remembering what happened or - they are embarrassed or - unable to socialize without being drunk or high.

    If you need alcohol to relax - that is a sign of an issue you should address first before considering socializing and ESPECIALLY hooking up.

    Best of Luck....