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Risk for IV user
Aug 5, 2014

If I do not have HIV and I continue to use the same needle all over and over am I putting myself at risk of getting HIV all by myself?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

The HIV virus can only be transmitted by someone who is positive, so using by yourself obviously cannot put you at risk. I am concerned, however, about using the same needle over and over again. If your cleaning procedures are insufficient you put yourself at risk for serious infection. You can read about proper cleaning procedures on page 11 of this manual. Ideally you should change needles if you have access to an exchange.

Be safe,

David



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