Information on Alcohol and Drugs for people living with HIV

HIV and Alcohol & Drugs



Poppers are a nitrite-based drug. Amyl nitrite is used medically to ease the chest pain caused by angina. The drug gets its name from the small glass capsules containing amyl nitrite for the treatment of angina which used to be 'popped' under the nose and inhaled. Amyl and butyl nitrite started to be used recreationally, and have been popular with gay men for many years.
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It is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Please talk to your doctor or another member of your HIV specialist for advice tailored to your situation.
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If you find that you can not control your use of alcohol or other drugs, would like to cut back or stop or would like any other support in this area, Body Positive may be able to help. We currently have a range of counselling available in Auckland.
To talk to us about starting counselling, please contact us on 0800 HIV LINE
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