FAQ: Will bleaching IV-drug needles and syringes before ...

Q: Will cleaning IV-drug needles and syringes with bleach before using them prevent you from getting HIV? You can be infected with HIV if you use needles and syringes contaminated with blood from a person who has HIV. One way to avoid getting HIV from IV drug use is to stop injecting drugs. Talk to your VA provider if you need help stopping.…

Bleaching Syringes - The Hows and Whys

Bleaching Syringes Providing information on the Heroin Helper site is a practical matter. We can't pretend that heroin users can or will do what is in their best interests. So it is with this article on syringe cleaning. In a perfect world, people should never reuse their syringes; they become dirty ……

Does cleaning syringes work?

However, we know that injectors may not have sufficient needles and syringes with them and so, sensibly, they do take steps to clean their equipment rather than purposely using dirty ones; and those who do not clearly could benefit by doing so. Is one rinse enough to clear all the bleach ……

Friend to Friend :: Cleaning Needles & Syringes

In particular, needles and syringes used by persons who inject drugs often contain clotted blood in their recessed areas, which is more difficult to clean and disinfect and may be more effectively inactivated by full-strength bleach. In addition, needles and syringes can place HIV directly into the bloodstream, while environmental surfaces are ...…

Injecting Drugs HIV Risk Reduction Tool CDC

Clean used needles with bleach only when you can't get new ones. Bleaching a used needle may reduce the risk of HIV but doesn't eliminate it. Needle exchange and syringe services programs often give out free bleach kits and can teach you how to use the kit. Here are instructions on bleaching needles. Use sterile water to fix drugs.…

Use of Bleach by Injection Drug Users - NCBI Bookshelf

Introduction. In 1986, distribution of household bleach to injection drug users (IDUs) began in San Francisco in an effort to stem the spread of HIV 1, 2.Prior to that time, reported cleaning efforts by IDUs who shared their works were limited to rinsing the syringe with water before use; only a small portion reported rinsing with alcohol or using boiling water to clean the injection equipment ...…