Acne is often present. Acne conglobata is a particularly severe form of acne that can develop during steroid abuse or even after the drug has been discontinued. Infections are a common side effect of steroid abuse because of needle sharing and unsanitary techniques used when injecting the drugs into the skin. These are similar risks to IV drug abusers with increased potential to acquire blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS . Skin abscesses may occur at injection sites and may spread to other organs of the body. Endocarditis or an infection of the heart valves is not uncommon.
Richard Pound , chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a partner in the Canadian law firm Stikeman Elliott, says: "The use of performance-enhancing drugs is not accidental; it is planned and deliberate with the sole objective of getting an unfair advantage. I don't want my kids, or your kids, or anybody's kids to have to turn themselves into chemical stockpiles just because there are cheaters out there who don't care what they promised when they started to participate. I don't want my kids in the hands of a coach who would encourage, condone or allow the use of drugs among his or her athletes."
In the wake of Alex Rodriguez’s recent steroid scandal, baseball lovers are again questioning the integrity of the game and what the consequences of steroid use should be. Many fans are looking to younger generations of players for a more wholesome, pure game. But as more major leaguers use steroids, they are influencing college athletes to do the same, experts said. According to the NCAA, steroid use decreased dramatically after year-round testing was instituted in 1990, but many college athletes explained that steroid use is still a major problem in baseball at any level.