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Seattle/King County Resources: If you said YES, then read on… Can I Still Have Great Sex?

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Case management,
housing, food, medical
HIV+ support
Seattle Counseling Service use on your health?
T men who use crystal. If you are HIV+, frequent
use of crystal may have a negative impact on
your health. Science has proven that the use of
you feeling disoriented and make it hard to make the
best decisions. Even when you’re not high, it can be
awkward to talk with your partners about what you want
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Why Spoil a Good Thing?
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Can Your Liver Do It’s Job?
the Immune System? Just call us at 206.323.1768 or email us at
HIV medications and party drugs have
something in common: both are processed out
Many people know that HIV damages and of your blood stream by your liver. But your liver
weakens the immune system over time. can only do so much at one time, overload it
A damaged immune and both prescribed and party drugs can build
system makes it diffi- “Using crystal is Living Longer and Better with new HIV Medications up to dangerous levels in your blood stream.
cult for your body to likely to further This can lead to overdose or other dangerous
Thanks to recent advances in HIV treatment, many HIV+
fight off disease. conditions, such as a heart attack, stroke,
people are living longer and healthier lives. Some HIV+
Using crystal is likely suppress your or coma.
people have found a new lease on life. Now, many
to further suppress immune system.
doctors look forward to
your immune system. The effects can be In general, protease inhibitors (Ritonavir,
telling their patients that
The effects can be Indinavir, Nelfinavir & Saquinavir) and a few
harmful for both their blood tests
harmful for both the other medications used in HIV treatment
show undetectable “The best advice if
short and longer the short and (Ketoconazole, Itraconazole & Delaviridine) slow
levels of HIV virus, you’re HIV+ is to
terms. Also, the longer terms.” down the action of certain enzymes found in the
or that their T-cell STOP or CUT BACK
partying lifestyle itself liver. These enzymes allow the liver to filter
counts have
can weaken your system. Staying up for long on your use of specific drugs from of your blood stream and
stopped dropping
periods of time, not drinking enough water, not crystal and other out of your body. With fewer enzymes available,
and have even
eating enough, or not eating the right foods, and both prescribed medications and party drugs can
started to increase. party drugs.”
not taking your meds at the right time wreck the build up to toxic levels. This toxic build up can
immune system. cause mild or severe health problems and can
Sadly, this is not always
definitely ruin your high.
the case. Some treatments have
not worked at all or only for a short while, or the
medications have had serious side effects and
have cause health problems like kidney stones,
What Can You Do?
diarrhea and other conditions. HIV medications Start by talking with your doctor about the party
make some people feel tired, depressed or just drugs you use. Only then will he or she be able
plain bad. Some HIV medications need to be to advise you about the potential for harmful
refrigerated, taken at a specific time or drug interactions. Don’t forget to include your
consumed with or without a particular food. use of Viagra or poppers. Speaking openly and
If you are a dedicated party boy, staying on a honestly with your doctor is the only way to
HIV treatment plan can be a hard thing to do... sound medical advice. Your doctor may tell that
unless you’ve planned out how you’re going you should stop using party drugs. If you’re not
to do it. ready to stop, don’t let the conversation end
there. Don’t agree to do something that you’re
not really going to do. Ask your doctor for
Mixing HIV medications with guidance about how you can reduce the
potential for harmful interactions. Explore
crystal and other party drugs:
strategies such as cutting back the amount of
DANGEROUS COCKTAIL! party drugs you’re going to use or how often
you use them.