Information on Alcohol and Drugs for people living with HIV

HIV and Alcohol & Drugs



Cocaine, also known as Coke or Crack, is a highly addictive drug that stimulates the central nervous system by speeding up the messages sent between the body and the brain. It reduces appetite, increases energy and provides a euphoric sense of wellbeing.

Historically, cocaine was used as a painkiller in dentistry and for surgical operations on eyes and throats. Leaves of the coca bush have long been chewed and brewed into teas by indigenous people in South America as a stimulant and to suppress appetite.
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The above information sourced and edited for New Zealand form contained on
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.
To talk to us about getting help, please contact us on 0800 HIV LINE
The NZ Drug Foundation has resources on being safer when using alcohol or drugs. They have also released The Level as a straight up guide for people who use drugs.
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