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Sharing Needles

The HIV virus can be transmitted by infected blood and blood products, semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk, and inutero —from mother to fetus. While unprotected penetrative sex—penile, vaginal or anal—is the most common means of transmitting HIV, sharing needles which carry HIV-infected blood is the second most common means of transmitting HIV, the virus which causes AIDS

Sharing needles of any kind in any behavior is risky.
Sharing needles includes:.
Medical and Body Decoration Uses Drug Usage
  • insulin injections for diabetics
  • tattooing
  • scarification
  • ear and body piercing
  • injection steroid use
  • heroin (smack)
  • cocaine
  • speed
Sharing needles in any of these activities is risky
and potentially enables you to become HIV infected.
Don't use needles.
If you do, don't share.
If you share, clean your needles

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Cleaning Needles

Safer needle cleaning involves using a ten-to-one water-to-bleach solution. Needles need to remain in the solution for at least 30 seconds. In hollow needles—the ones used for injection—the needle, syringe, and cotton need to hold the bleach solution for 30 seconds. The procedure must be repeated at least four times.

Ten parts water
One part bleach
+ Needle
Syringe
Cotton
+ 30 second
soak time
+ Repeat
four times
= SAFE

Shaving
Sharing razors is also a risky behavior and a potential source of HIV infection
Razors are sometimes shared...
  • by athletes before swim meets or body building competitions.
  • by those with in domestic or group living arrangements.
  • by sexual partners for pubic hair or body shaving.
DO NOT SHARE RAZORS

Piercing

People interested in tattooing or in body piercing can reduce their risk of infection by going to parlors which are certified as using standard procedures EACH time it's used. Standard procedures are methods used to reduce the risk of infection transmission. In New York State, these parlors usually display a certificate which indicates they use clean needles. You should go only to tattoo and piercing parlors that display these certificates.

PIERCING OR TATTOOING
EACH OTHER
IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

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