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I recently tried meth for the first and last time. My friend who does it often said she cut her tongue on the right side, she thinks she bite herself, due to being high on meth. We shared a meth pipe and I wanted to know what are the risks of sharing that pipe ? Don't know if that was an actual cut on her tongue need to know if I should get oral testing ?
Sharing equipment like a meth pipe increases your chances of being exposed to an infection. Tiny amounts of blood from a cut or cracked lips can transmit … Read Full Answer
Someone told me that when you're injecting meth, if you let someone else inject you (instead of doing it for yourself) that it's riskier for HIV and Hep C. If that's true, why?
This is a useful question, as people who are not sure how to inject for themselves, may have friends or other people inject them. Research has shown that this may increase the risk … Read Full Answer
I got tested at an event and they squeezed some blood from my finger onto a piece paper. I think it was for HIV. Does that sound right? Is it accurate?
It sounds like you were tested with dried blood spot testing.This type of testing is approved in Canada and is accurate.
Dried blood spot testing … Read Full Answer
Can I borrow a shaver to a person who is HIV positive?
I’m happy to tell you that borrowing a shaver (whether it’s a razor or an electric shaver) is not a risk of HIV exposure. The HIV virus does not live … Read Full Answer
Before I immigrated to Manitoba, Canada I had never tested for Hep C in my country, should I get tested for all STBBIs including Hep C?
Testing for Hep C is generally recommended if one has had a history of using unsterilized or inadequately sterilized medical, dental and surgical equipment … Read Full Answer
I usually smoke meth, I am thinking about injecting. I have never injected before, how do I do it safely?
Research indicates that the riskiest way of using meth is to inject it. When injection equipment is shared it is known to spread blood-borne viruses like hep C, hep B and HIV. Using new needles, spoons, water, swabs, … Read Full Answer
Me and my roommate make sure we never share needles. (We know where to get free ones.) He asked me if it's OK to share cookers. I don't know.
You’re off to a great start by not sharing your free needles. Research tells us that Canadians sometimes hang onto their cookers to re-use or share, so here’s the information you can tell your roommate … Read Full Answer
My husband got hep c in jail 6 years ago. He did the treatment and got cured. He's back there again. What are the ways that it spreads, that would suck if he got it again.
The hep C virus can spread by sharing equipment used for injecting drugs, tattooing, and body piercing and sometimes while having sex with those living with hep C. … Read Full Answer
Hey. My doctor told me that I am immune to hepatitis. My boyfriend just told me he has hepatitis C. I can't get hepatitis C from him right?
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and could be caused by some drugs, diseases, alcohol use, toxins and bacterial or viral infections. The most common cause would be viruses namely … Read Full Answer
The new mechanic at my work has hep c. What can I do to make sure I don't get hep c from him? We work together and eat lunch together almost everyday.
Casual contact (sharing toilets, drinking glasses, working together, shaking hands, hugging…) with a person living with Hep C, poses no transmission risk … Read Full Answer
Can somebody get Hepatitis C by eating contaminated food at a restaurant?
No Hepatitis C is NOT transmitted by eating or sharing food nor by other social contacts such as hugging, holding hands, sharing utensils, sneezing, or breastfeeding. Hep C virus is transmitted … Read Full Answer
They used to say that you could share needles if you washed them out first. is that still true?
Sharing needles raises the risk of transmission of blood borne pathogens, including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). The most certain way of avoiding contamination is by … Read Full Answer
Does Hepatitis C infection have symptoms?
Most people during the acute phase of Hepatitis C do not experience any symptoms. In some cases symptoms do occur … Read Full Answer
An STI test is a pee test right?
There are a few different types of tests that health care providers use to test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A pee test may be able to detect chlamydia or gonorrhea, but urine alone won’t give a complete picture of someone’s sexual health status. It’s recommended … Read Full Answer
I am a 67 year old retired secretary who lives alone. I was married to one person for 28 years and have never used drugs. But now my daughter is telling me that people my age can heave Hep C and not know it.
There are many Canadians who are living with Hep C and don’t realize it, so testing guidelines are meant to find those undiagnosed cases. Canadians who were born between 1945 and 1975 who have never been tested are encouraged to be tested for Hep C … Read Full Answer
Is there a vaccine for Hep C?
Unfortunately there is no vaccine for preventing the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) which can lead to damage of the liver and other serious complications. The good news is that there is treatment for Hepatitis C … Read Full Answer
Does hepatitis C cure itself? How? Why? My mom had to get treatment, should she have just waited?
Hep C is an infection of the liver caused by Hepatitis C virus. When one becomes infected with Hep C virus, they may not have any symptoms and may not even know if they are infected … Read Full Answer