Reducing the Risks - A Guide to Safer Injecting
Injecting involves blood. Hepatitis C lives in blood. Blood particles are so small they can’t be seen without a microscope. When people inject drugs together and share equipment, blood particles can easily be passed on from one person to another. Being blood aware means being alert to what is happening throughout the process of injecting. The aim is to avoid exposing yourself, or someone else, to viruses that live in blood such as hepatitis C.
What will you need?
If you think you might have to re-use your fit you should rinse it straight away in clean, cold tap water as this will remove most of the blood.
If you are sure you will not be re-using your fit, dispose of it straight away after using. Don’t recap. Just place in a disposal container immediately after injection. If you do not have a proper disposal bin use a puncture proof, child proof container (one with a lid that can be securely closed).
This article was based on the new AIVL resource, A Guide to Safer Injecting.
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