Injecting ANY substance using a shared needle or syringe puts you at risk of HIV and other blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis C.
When someone injects themselves, tiny traces of blood go back into the needle and syringe. This makes it possible for the HIV virus to be passed between users sharing needles. Therefore if a person uses the same drug injecting equipment as a person with detectable HIV, then they are at risk of putting HIV infected blood directly into their bloodstream.
It doesn’t matter which drug is in the syringe when it comes to sharing injecting equipment. Whether a person is injecting heroin, tranquillisers, amphetamine or even steroids, all carry the same HIV transmission risk. Visit Drug Wise for more information.
Using shared needles: When using an infected needle, HIV can get into the bloodstream through injecting into a vein, injecting into the fat under the skin and injecting directly into muscle. Sterilising equipment and using new needles can help reduce the risk of HIV amongst drug users.
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