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Question

How bad is to sniff the poppers for a people with HIV?

I’m a HIV positive 29 years old male not yet into therapy and I would like to ask a question concerning the use of recreational drugs.

I’ve read information available on this website about it but I would like to ask about a specific one that it is not mentioned anywhere or at least I was unable to find it. How bad is to sniff the poppers for a people with HIV? Does it decrease the CD4 count or increase the viral load?

I mean, is it really of great impact when doing it let’s say every two months? Is it better to avoid permanently the use of it? Thanks for your information.

Answer

Thank you for your question.

Sniffing poppers causes the blood vessels in the body to dilate resulting in more blood getting to the heart. This is what causes the rush you feel when you take it. Sniffing poppers does not decrease the CD4 count or increase the viral load. There has been no scientific evidence that sniffing poppers has a long-term health risk for people living with HIV.

Once you are on treatment you may need to bear in mind drug interactions as there is an interaction between poppers, Viagra or Cialis and protease inhibitors.

For further information please follow this link to an article about the effects of poppers in HIV positive people


Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

2 comments

  1. Hi,

    I am not sure I understand the question – are you asking if a lower dose of popper would be necessary when taking Atripla or if a lower dose of Atripla would be necessary to take poppers?

    If the later question is what you meant then you should not be taking half doses of your HIV medication without first consulting your doctor. Consistently half-dosing your HIV medication could lead to future complications such as resistance.

  2. So with Atripla which doesn’t contain a Protease Inhibitor would a half dose be necessary?

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