HIV warning for injectors of performance enhancing drugs

Public Health England (PHE) says the number of those who use image and performance-enhancing drugs has rapidly grown over the past 20 years.

Co-author Jim McVeigh, from the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, said: "Injectors of anabolic steroids and associated drugs are now the biggest client group at many needle and syringe programs in the UK.

"This research shows that anyone who injects drugs is at risk of HIV and other blood-borne viruses, regardless of their substance of choice."

Lead author of the report Dr Vivian Hope, PHE's expert in infections among people who inject drugs, said: "Our study suggests that levels of HIV and hepatitis infection among men using image and performance-enhancing drugs have increased since the 1990s.

"While we must be cautious in generalising these early findings, they are concerning and show that further research is required."

Researchers from PHE and Liverpool John

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