Injecting yourself with just one contaminated needle may be enough to become infected.
It’s also possible to get the infection by sharing other equipment used to prepare or take drugs – such as spoons, filters, pipes and straws – that have been contaminated with infected blood.
Can you get hep C from reusing a needle?
Worldwide, most HCV infections are related to injection drug use. Using clean needles and your own works each time you inject stops both HIV and HCV transmission (and reinfection). It also reduces the risk of other infections. If you caught HIV from drug use, you were probably infected with HCV first, before HIV.
Can you get hep C from your own blood in a syringe?
Hepatitis C can also be transmitted through sharing cookers or spoons, cotton and filters, and water. If you shoot drugs, you can avoid transmission by using a new, sterile syringe for each injection (or, at least, a syringe that only you have used), along with your own injection cookers, cottons, water and ties.
What happens if you reuse your own needle?
There are a lot of good reasons not to reuse syringe or pen needles: The tip of a reused needle can be weakened to the point where it breaks off and gets stuck under your skin. A reused needle doesn’t inject as easily or as cleanly as a new one and can cause pain, bleeding, and bruising.
Can you get hep C from a scratch?
Hepatitis C is mainly transmitted (passed on) through contact with the blood of an infected person. The vehicle in this case is anything that can cut, nick or scratch the skin enough to draw blood. How you get Hep C therefore varies as there are different ways for this to happen.
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