American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse and Co-occurring Infections: A Brief Review

Jag H. Khalsa

DOI : 10.3844/ajidsp.2007.184.190

American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Volume 3, Issue 4

Pages 184-190


Today substance abuse remains one of the major problems in the world with millions of people abusing legal and illegal drugs. In addition, almost one-third of the world population of 6.7 billion people may also be infected with one or more infections. Both drugs of abuse and infections are associated with enormous burden of social, economic and health consequences. This paper briefly discusses a few medical consequences of drugs of abuse and infections such as human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus. Research is encouraged to study interactions between infections, drugs of abuse, and underlying pathophysiologic and molecular/genetic mechanisms of these interactions.


© 2007 Jag H. Khalsa. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.