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HIV IV drugs and HIV

You can avoid infection with HIV. Know the facts:

Injecting illegal drugs is one reason people use needles. Needles are used for tattoos, ear piercing, and injecting steroids, too. If you share a needle with another person for any of these activities, you may be exposed to HIV.

If you get a tattoo or have your ears pierced by a professional who uses a sterile needle for each customer there is no risk for infection with HIV.

Value yourself enough to make good choices:

Parents can help their kids make good choices. Surveys of young people show that when kids can talk openly and honestly with their parents, without fear of judgment, they are less likely to experiment with drugs.

For more information about HIV/AIDS-related concerns contact:

CDC National AIDS Hotline

CDC National Prevention Information Network
800-243-7012 (TTY)

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