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Living with HIV and being on drugs

Submitted by unaidsadmin on Fri, 2012-01-13 10:36 - 0 Comments

What are the three main issues facing drug users who are HIV positive?

HIV is the least of my problems. I have no place to sleep. I live under the steps in the CDC (public housing). I used to live in CDARI’s shelter but left there when I went back to smoking. They did not throw me out; I just left after stealing some stuff and went back on the street. Life on the street sucks but at least no one tells me what to do.

I would like to stop smoking crack and just smoke cannabis but it is hard because most weed dealers also sell crack and I get sucked into it again and again.  I stopped taking my meds when I left the shelter because I lost them and when I went to the clinic for more I had to wait a long time and the nurse gave me a hard time for leaving the shelter. She knew I left and that I took things; I don’t think they should have told her that.

Today I don’t have enough food to eat and since the hurricane there is not even clean water to drink.

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The UNAIDS team offers the Caribbean the broad expertise of cosponsors and other UN organisations in areas such as program development and management, women and child health, education, legal networking, community care initiatives and resource mobilisation. The goal is an expanded response to HIV in the region with the world’s second highest HIV prevalence.