can you contract hepatitis from reusing your own needle more than a few times?
Hi, i was just wondering if you could contract hepatitis c or anything else from reusing your own needle own un-sterilized needle? anything that you could tell me would be a big help cause one of my friends scared me by saying by using your own needle more than once if its really old you can contract hep c .. so anything anyone can tell me would help me.
It has to be "SPREAD"... So I guess if you were infected with HCV -- and you reused your own needle --- then most likely you could give yourself your own HCV.
HOWEVER Patrick --- Truly --- you shouldn't be using needles more than once. There are things far worse than HCV --- Like DEATH... From germs and other contams that you could have on your needle being unsterilized... Or from the drugs themselves...
But DO NOT USE A NEEDLE --- WHETHER FOR DRUGS OR MEDICINES --- MORE THAN ONCE... That is WHY they are disposable...
So if you were a diabetic, taking insulin... DO NOT REUSE YOUR NEEDLE.
But if you're on drugs, consider taking a moment and rethinking your situation. If you're scared of having HCV - but not scared of putting drugs into your system... well -- now would be a good time to stop.
Have a good day --- and Patrick98 --- be careful out there.
PS... Patrick --- not everyone who has HCV got it from doing needles and drugs -- in fact - I'd say less than 1/2 did.
What Meki said plus YES you can catch HCV by reusing your own needle. Well not the needle but any of the other injecting equipment. Torneque, Water, filter etc. Just having someone help you inject is enough.
Meki - In Aust its 80% that catched it from needles and 90% of new cases are with IVDUs.
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