New study says use of tranquilizers increases risk of HIV/AIDS among drug users (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
A new study from the BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS Centre has shown a new link between HIV infection and the use of tranquilizers.
The 17-year study involving over 1600 drug users in Vancouver found those who used benzodiazepine were more likely to become infected with HIV.
Researchers determined the tranquilizer impaired judgement, thereby increasing HIV/AIDS risky behaviours like engaging in sex work, having unprotected sex, and drug injecting practices.
Shane Woodford reports.
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer