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 judgment 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 tan 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 methamphetamine use in both the MSM and IDU populations.
  • There have been decreases in crack cocaine and powder cocaine use among the IDU and HET populations.

DPH NHBS Substance Use MSM

DPH NHBS Substance Use IDU

DPH NHBS Substance Use HET

Read the full report: "Denver Substance use Profile: National HIV Behavioral Surveillance, 2005-2016".