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Could I Get HIV If I Accidentally Was Stuck With An Infected Drug User Syringe

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AIDS InfoNet

Harm Reduction and HIV

...disappear but its harmful effects can be reduced. Harm reduction should be a goal for service organizations and governments. Some drugs are safer than others. Some ways of using drugs are less harmful than others. Drug users can best reduce the harm of their own drug use. Abstinence is the ultimate goal. However, it is also good to reduce drug use and drug-related deaths, disease and crime. The criminal justice approach...
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Family members are IV Drug Users... is there a risk for me to be around them?

Hello I am a college student and live mostly on campus, except for when I go on breaks and stay with my family. I don't go home a lot because I have seven people in my immediate family who are IV drug users and I really can't handle the stress and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Neither HIV nor hepatitis C is transmitted via casual contact, such as sharing eating utensils, dishware, showers, food, drinks, etc. I would Read more »

Does this look like a syringe in his pants?

I was making out with this guy (the one on the left) and noticed something sticking out of his pants. Copy and paste the link BUT PLEASE DON'T POST ON THE SITE!!! For confidential reasons. It looked like a syringe and this man is known to be HIV+....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...to get a tattoo, be sure to see a qualified professional who uses sterile equipment. Detailed HIV prevention information for drug users who continue to inject is available from the CDC's National Prevention Information Network at 1-800-458-5321... Read more »

Unreadable results (HARM REDUCTION FOR INJECTION DRUG USE, 2010)

A family member had HIV and STD tests done at local clinic. All the results for STDs were negative. The result for HIV test listed unreadable. What does this mean? There can not be a 3 month waiting period as she is sexually active and occasional...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...are, blood will enter the syringe. Some of this blood may still be in the syringe if it is used by a second person.An injection drug user who has never shared syringes will not get HIV from syringes regardless of his or her drug use. It's the... Read more »

A IV DRUG USER...NEEDS HELP{PLZZ SHOW SOME MERCY}

HI IAM A IV DRUG USER I USE FRESH NEEDLES,BUT THE OTHER DAY I ACCIDENTLY USED A USED NEEDLE, CAN 64 DAYS OF SYMP0TOM FREE PERIOD ASSURE IAM NEGATIVE? I HAVE NO FEVER WITH RASH, NO DAIRRHHEA? PLZZ ADVICE
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...needle is used for intravenous drug use and blood is drawn up into the syringe. Most people experience symptoms related to recent HIV infection in the first month after exposure, and up to three months after exposure, but not everyone experiences... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Syringe Sharing and HIV Incidence Among Injection Drug Users and Increased Access to Sterile Syringes

...syringes available were removed. The health authority began requiring local health clinics to provide sterile syringes to injection drug users, and it asked IDU outreach programs to include syringe distribution in their work. IDUs were no longer... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

High Dead-Space Syringes and the Risk of HIV and HCV Infection Among Injecting Drug Users

...examines the association between using and sharing HDSSs and prevalent HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among injecting drug users (IDUs). In Raleigh-Durham, N.C., a sample of 851 out-of-treatment IDUs was recruited between 2003 and... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Syringe Disinfection for Injection Drug Users

...To Learn More About This Topic For 20 years, syringe disinfection has been a part of HIV prevention efforts for injection drug users (IDUs). Questions about it persist, however, because of limited scientific studies, varying recommendations on... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How Can Injection Drug Users Reduce Their Risk for HIV Infection?

...stop using and injecting drugs. enter and complete substance abuse treatment, including relapse prevention. For injection drug users who cannot or will not stop injecting drugs, the following steps may be taken to reduce personal and public... Read more »
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iv drug user hiv hep c syphillis

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...If you had sex with iv drug user would it take longer to show up hiv positive? Could you go into neurosyphillis within months please help Read more »

How long...?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...can HIV live in a syrindge? Read more »

Part two

Posted by Anonymous
...way, the greater the risk of infection. When injecting a substance into the body using a syringe, both health care workers and drug users will insert the needle and then pull back on the plunger to see if they have hit a vein. Even when injecting... Read more »

Women don't get Aids unless they are drug users

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I was a drug user and was "labelled" hiv positive (meaning I had the antibodies against hiv which usually under every other disease means you are Read more »