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Drug use increases risk for getting or passing on viral infections because certain viruses can spread through blood or body fluids. This happens with men and women, primarily in two ways: (1) when people inject drugs and share needles or other drug equipment, and (2) when drugs impair judgment and people make unwise, unprotected choices related to intimate contact with an infected partner. NIDA’s AIDS Research Program supports an innovative and multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS research portfolio.

1 in 10 HIV diagnoses occur among people who inject drugs.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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