Prevention and risk reduction in festive environments
Know more, risk less
Some products make you feel like you are invincible, falling in love, others stimulate curiosity and facilitate new experiences. Drugs can make you neglect to take care of you or your partners.
Either way, don’t forget to use condoms (male or female) and water-based lube in sufficient quantity.
Don’t forget that you should maintain a minimum level of lucidity
In case of sexual risk (penetration without condom, torn condom, blowjob with or without ejaculation…) or blood risk (shooting with a used needle, cutting…), emergency treatments exist.
If you are under PrEP treatment, penetration without condom is not considered risk-taking for HIV.
If the risk-taking dates back to less than 48h, go to the closest hospital’s emergency department. Over 48 hours, even if it’s too late to consider emergency treatment, it can be useful to discuss it with your general practitioner or to a professional in a CDAG (free and anonymous testing center). You should consider getting tested after a 3-month delay. Meanwhile, remember to protect your sexual partners.
By calling SIDA INFO SERVICE (0 800 840 800), you can get information about the treatment and the closest hospital’s emergency department from your home, 24/7.
Drugs interfere with medical treatments. Using unlawful drugs and alcohol is hardly compatible with the intake of powerful medicine such as anti-retroviral drugs, interferons, anxiolytics and other psychotropic drugs.
On the one hand, drugs interfere with the efficiency of treatments. On the other hand, treatments can also increase the effects and the risks of drugs.
What’s more, just like some medications, drugs affect the condition of several vital organs. Combining medicine intake with drug use weakens the liver. It’s also the case for other organs like the heart, the pancreas, kidneys and lungs.
In France, one in four HIV-positive people is co-infected with C-hepatitis virus and 10-15% with B-hepatitis virus. Early testing and early treatment allow for a better care.
Do not hesitate to get tested.