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HIV and the Opioid Epidemic: 5 Key Points

Monday, April 9, 2018


It is estimated that 2.1 million Americans have an opioid use disorder and nearly 12 million have misused opioids during the preceding year. In the context of HIV, injection use of opioids increases risks of blood-borne infections, including HIV, hepatitis, and bacterial endocarditis, which spread through needle sharing. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has published a graphic series, HIV and the Opioid Epidemic: 5 Key Points, which highlights data on the intersection of HIV and the opioid epidemic.

HIV and Injection Drug Use 1980 to 2015
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