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I inject drugs, is there a way for me to decrease my chances of contracting endocarditis?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Never reuse a syringe - use disposables only.
Clean your skin with alcohol prior to injection. Just like is done at the hospital. Be as certain as you can that the material you're injecting is sterile.

In brief: Yes

Never reuse a syringe - use disposables only.
Clean your skin with alcohol prior to injection. Just like is done at the hospital. Be as certain as you can that the material you're injecting is sterile.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

Iv drug users are at increased risk for endocarditis, and I am not aware of any intervention that has been shown to decrease that risk.
The healthiest thing to do is to seek help to stop using injection drugs altogether. Clean needles and cleaned injection sites are better than the alternative, but cannot eliminate or adequately control the numerous, life threatening risks of this practice.

In brief: Not really

Iv drug users are at increased risk for endocarditis, and I am not aware of any intervention that has been shown to decrease that risk.
The healthiest thing to do is to seek help to stop using injection drugs altogether. Clean needles and cleaned injection sites are better than the alternative, but cannot eliminate or adequately control the numerous, life threatening risks of this practice.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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