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    Default can you catch hiv/hcv from reusing needles...

    that you never shared with anyone else? regardless of the fact that there's other reasons not to do it, i was wondering if you reuse needles that are no longer sterile, but have only been used by you if you could catch one of these? i don't see how it's possible if you don't share, but i've never asked anyone who would know so i thought i'd post here. thanks for answering my question.

    i don't use anymore, but when i did i re-used needles that were only used by myself... just wondering is all.

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    if you've never been exposed to the infection....there's no way to contract it through re-using your own needles.

    HIV is carried and transferred through bodily fluids.

    if you've never shared a needle....and have safe sex...you should be fine.

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    My stepfather got hepatitis 20 years ago - he says it was from reusing his dirty needles. He didn't share needles, but he would reuse his own, and he said the old blood would sit in the needle and get "funky" and then he'd use the needle to shoot up and that's how he got hep... again... so he says.

    You won't get HIV that way though. You can only get that if you're infected by another person that has it.

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    Not your own needles , but someone else's you can . If you are going to reuse your own needles,I suggest you rinse them out with straight bleach before each use and rinse them well with clean water before injecting .That way , you can avoid any skin infections. My sister was told this by a place called biala in Brisbane QLD . They are professionals .




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    you need to watch out for bacterial disease, gan green being the most common
    junkies usually ignore possible infections until they are near death
    some shoot up drugs not ment for iv use, i actually shot methadone, sub, the list goes on and i dont want to give anyone a bright idea.
    As a result of this behavior i have had "cotton fever, Hep c, vascular surgery at 19"
    Do not re-use you needles, they become dull and this will cause vascular disease.
    Bleech is an option, i used many times. It is scary to think the only thing bt you and aids or hep is a house hold detergent.


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    You most definitely can get HCV by reusing your own needles,HCV is more virulent than HIV and can survive neat bleach.Equipment is cheap and easy to get now,so why reuse?

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    Ive used probaly hundreds of already used needles from other people. 99% of the time I filled up my sink with bleach and just soaked them for quite some time. Only once did I share a needle right after someone else without bleaching it. I've never had an infection and Im Hep-c free. I really dodged a bullet on the hep-c thing however. The girl I shared the needle with got a call from her x and he had been diagnosed with hep-c. He must have got it after she left. Otherwise I surely would have it today.

    As far as HIV goes it is my understanding the HIV virus can only stay alive outside the body for abou 11 seconds. But I wouldnt trust that to mean you can't get it when sharing but you certainly wont get it from your own needle. And I have never heard of anyone getting hep-c from re-using there own needles if they have never shared. Hep-c can also be picked up from sharing razors or toothbrushes.

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    quote:Originally posted by Ade

    You most definitely can get HCV by reusing your own needles,HCV is more virulent than HIV and can survive neat bleach.Equipment is cheap and easy to get now,so why reuse?
    totally not true..... has to be contamintaed with the virus. Now... I do think you can get some nasty infection such as MRSA in the bld. that is on your own skin.

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    stop shooting drugs, and these worries will vanish. I promise ..

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    quote:Originally posted by Allgood

    stop shooting drugs, and these worries will vanish. I promise ..
    THis is very true...All worries can vanish in recovery. True relaxation exists when we dont have to worry bout gear, or schemes, or manipulation, or being found out. Recovery is available FOR ALL WHO SEEK IT..Addiction does not discriminate, recovery does not discriminate..Come on and get some....



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    The last two posts are the best advice for staying healthy, but until you get to that place in your life please understand this....


    <center> BLEACH [u]DOES NOT</u> KILL THE HEP C VIRUS.</center>





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    HHHMMM, perhaps I should go get tested soon...

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