Information on Alcohol and Drugs for people living with HIV

HIV and Alcohol & Drugs



LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is one of the most commonly used hallucinogens in New Zealand, and is most commonly sold as ‘tabs’, or small squares of blotting paper that have been soaked in liquid LSD. It is less commonly sold in liquid, tablet or capsule form, or in squares of gelatine. Tiny LSD tablets or capsules are often called ‘microdots’ which usually measure only 2-3mm in diameter. LSD in its pure form is colourless, odourless, mildly bitter and usually in the form of white powder.

Mostly taken orally, LSD's effects are highly variable and unpredictable. They begin within one hour and generally last between eight to12 hours. LSD causes distortions in a person's perception of reality. Sensations and feelings can change dramatically and the user may feel several different emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another.
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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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