Individuals who inject drugs into the vein or muscle using unclean needles and/or share needles are putting themselves at a greater risk of transmitting or receiving the virus. Anytype of needle sharing may transmit HIV. Sharing needles is behavior that accounts for the second highest number of reported HIV infections and AIDS cases in the United States.
Other drug use and alcohol use, including the abuse of prescription drugs may also affect the judgement of a person and put them at risk for engaging in behaviors that they would not usually engage in. Without the ability to think clearly, sexual contact may take place with a stranger and bodily fluids may be exchanged through unprotected sex.
If you inject drugs you can get infected with HIV, HBV, or HCV by sharing needles,
syringes, and other injection equipment that someone else might have used.
To reduce risk for infection:
Stop Using & injecting drugs!
If you can’t stop injecting, never reuse or share needles.
Only use a sterile needle.
If you cannot prevent needle sharing, disinfect the needles every time before you inject drugs.