can people be infected by injections ?
people inject themselves (or someone injects them) with
medicines or drugs using a needle or syringe which has
been used by someone else, who might have HIV, they
will be at high risk of getting HIV themselves.
Remember that it is not possible to tell if a person
has HIV. They might not know it themselves.
It is therefore never safe to share someone else's needles
health workers should sterilise needles and syringes
before they are used again. You can make sure they are
sterilising equipment by asking.
can someone who injects medicines or drugs protect themselves?
can protect themselves by:
having the medicines or drugs by mouth rather than
by injections, whenever possible;
using a new needle and syringe;
using their own needle or syringe, keeping them clean,
and never letting anyone else use them; and
By making sure that any needles or syringes they use
have been properly sterilised.
can a person sterilise needles and syringes and make
them safer to use?
is killed by household bleach, so this can be used to
needles or syringes should first be thoroughly washed,
preferably in hot water containing detergent, and
then rinsed in clean cold water;
should then be completely covered in a mixture of
1 part strong bleach to 10 parts of clean cold water,
and left there for 30 minutes if possible; and
must then be rinsed several times with clean water,
as bleach and detergent are poisonous, and must never
be put in or on the body, or drunk as a medicine.