What should I do?

People who inject drugs can place themselves at risk of HIV, hepatitis C and other blood borne viruses. Safe injecting practices can protect against infection. You should practice the following:
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 新州针头和注射器计划 or follow this Guide to Cleaning Used Syringes

Always remember to 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



Avoid all contact with anyone else’s blood, including blood you can’t see - Don’t help someone else to inject

Get rid of needles and syringes in a sharps bin of fit pack immediately after use

Use liquid bleach or another disinfectant to clean blood spills, contaminated surfaces, and equipment

Be aware of how you can manage a needlestick injury if it happens



You should always avoid sharing equipment when preparing or injecting drugs, this includes:

  • Needles and syringes
  • Water
  • Swabs
  • Tourniquet
  • Filter
  • Spoon

Always remember to get rid of your equipment unsafely.