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.
Telling others you're HIV-positive may be one of the most difficult things you ever do. There may be only one thing that's harder: the burden of carrying the secret alone. That doesn't mean you must tell everyone. Who you tell is a very personal decision. Here are some things to consider as you think about who, when, and how to tell others that you're HIV-positive.