i was involved in iv drug use 15 years ago.i would almost allways wash out the borrowed syringe(95% of the time washed out with bleach,then water).i should have tested positive for hiv,but i have allways tested negative on yearly tests).during routine blood work i was hepc positve gt2-b,starting vl was 1.4 million.treated 24 weeks int/riba.unde at 4 weeks and have continued to be unde all the way to last week(6 month post treatment pcr was unde also.i have been vey fortunate.any comments?
I started doing iv drugs when I was 16 (1992). I always bleached out needles, but I shared cookers and water with people we later found out were hiv/hcv infected. I was lucky enough to only get hep. When I found out (also '92) the doc said that a whopping 95% of iv drug users were infected.
Hiv dies when exposed to air, Hep c doesn't, that is why it is easier to get it from sharing cookers or water.
Bleaching your syringes will not protect one against the HC virus. Again...if 95percent are infected, and let's say 50% bleach their syringes ( new, sterile needles are difficult to find so it's much more, but I'm low-balling for the sake of illustration), then the math doesn't work. EVERY medical report I've found says that the amount of laboratory-grade bleach (store-bought laundry-type is too weak) and the time of exposure to the bleach required to neutralize the virus renders it impractical for the man-on-the-street to achieve sterilization of a used syringe by the bleach-rinse method. Ignorance to this fact has infected 95% of the people who use needles as a method of delivery for drugs. IV drug use is the number one transmission method of HCV for a reason. Think about it. BLEACH DOESN'T WORK. Protect yourselves.
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