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Substance Use across the NHBS Populations

The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) system provides data on HIV-related risk behaviors, which includes substance use. One third of Americans living with HIV binge on alcohol or use drugs. Increased risk for HIV infection can result from impaired judgement that can lead to risky sexual behaviors in addition to the risk associated with the sharing of injection equipment.

Major Findings

  • Trends in heavy drinking, defined as drinking on average more than two drinks for males, and more than one drink for females per day in the past 30 days, are relatively high across all three NHBS populations.
  • There have been significant increases in methemphetamine us in both the MSM and IDU populations.
  • There have been decreases in crack cocaine and powder cocaine use among the IDU and HET populations.
Contact NHBS at Denver Public Health

Denver Public Health

Administration and Community Programs

601 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203-3407

Alia Al-Tayyib, PhD
(303) 602-3601

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