Washington: Nearly 10 percent men injecting themselves with anabolic steroids or tanning drugs could have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, a new poll has shown.
According to the Public Health England (PHE), the number of people using image and performance-enhancing drugs has risen over the past 20 years.
Co-author Jim McVeigh, from the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, said that people injecting themselves with anabolic steroids and associated drugs are the biggest client group at many needle and syringe programs in the UK.
PHE and Liverpool John Moores University researchers questioned 395 men who used such type of drugs and found that one in 18 people had been exposed to hepatitis C, one in 11 had been exposed to hepatitis B and one in 65 had HIV, News.com.au reported.
Overall, 10 percent men were exposed to one or more of the blood-borne viruses.
The study has been published in BMJ Open.