Protect Yourself If You Inject Drugs

Protect Yourself If You Inject Drugs
How can I prevent getting HIV from injection drug use?

Learn about your HIV risk and how to lower it.

Never Share Needles, Syringes, or Other Drug Injection Equipment

  • Use new, clean syringes and injection equipment every time you inject.
  • Many communities have syringe services programs (SSPs) where you can get new needles and syringes and safely dispose of used ones.
  • Some pharmacies sell needles without a prescription.
  • Find an SSP near you.
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Take PrEP

  • PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent HIV.
  • If taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV from injection drug use.
  • PrEP is much less effective when it is not taken as prescribed.
  • Find out if PrEP is right for you.
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Don’t Have Sex When You’re High on Drugs

  • You’re more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors.
  • If you do have sex, use condoms the right way every time.
  • Learn the right way to use an external condom (sometimes called a male condom) and an internal condom (sometimes called a female condom).
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If You Do Share Needles, Syringes, or Other Drug Injection Equipment, Use Bleach to Clean Them

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Decide Not to Inject Drugs

  •  This is the best way to prevent getting HIV through injection drug use.
  • Talk with a counselor, doctor, or other health care provider about treatment for substance use disorder, including medication-assisted treatment.

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