Sex, Drugs and Alcohol

Most people know that sharing injection needles with another person puts them at risk for HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases. If you choose not to stop injecting drugs, you can reduce your risk by using only sterile equipment which is cleaned before each use.

Having sex while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs can put you at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. It might mean "getting caught up in the moment" and not using a condom or having unplanned sex with a new partner. If you choose to drink alcohol, a safer way to drink is to consume one drink (12 oz. beer = 4-5 oz. wine = 1 oz. liquor) per hour. Surveys at the U of A reveal that 69% of students who drink have four or fewer drinks when they party.