What I should do?

  • Use a sterile needle and syringe (fit) for every injection.
  • If you are unable to access a clean needle, you can get safe injecting equipment through the NSW Needle and Syringe Program or follow AIVL’s A Guide to Cleaning Used Syringes.
  • Use:
    - New, sterile water
    - New swabs (one for the spoon, one for the injecting site)
    - Clean tourniquet
    - New filter
    - Clean spoon
  • Choose a safe environment to inject – private, clean, well-lit, and with running water, if possible
  • Wipe down all surfaces being used to prepare the drug
  • Wash hands before and after injecting, preferably with soapy water
  • Avoid all contact with anyone else's blood, including possible blood you can’t see e.g., not helping someone else to inject
  • Get rid of needles and syringes in sharp bins or fit pack, immediately after use
  • Use liquid bleach or other disinfectants to clean blood spills, contaminated surfaces, and equipment
  • Be aware of how to manage a needlestick injury
  • Get regular blood-borne virus (BBV) testing

 

What should I avoid?

  • Sharing any equipment when preparing or injecting drugs, including:
    - Needle and syringe
    - Water
    - Swabs
    - Tourniquet
    - Filter
    - Spoon
  • Getting rid of my needle or syringe unsafely