Who Can Get HIV/AIDS?
- HIV/AIDS does not discriminate
- ANYONE. HIV/AIDS doesn’t care who you are, or how old or young you are.
- Teens are just as much at risk as everyone else.
- HIV/AIDS isn’t a “gay” disease.
- HIV transmission rates among women have been increasing.
- Many transmissions among women are through their male partners.
- Anyone who has unprotected sex or shares needles from tattooing or IV drug use – even once – is at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS.
- When thinking about getting a tattoo, take time to do your research and be sure your artist uses new needles and does not re-use his/her ink.
- Do not share needles for IV drug use. Exchange your dirty needles through the Northern AIDS Connection Society or Mainline Needle Exchange (2158 Gottingen Street, Halifax NS B3K 3B4)or arrange to meet them in your area of northern Nova Scotia (Tel./Tél: (902) 423-9991).
- If this is not possible, be sure to clean your needles with a bleach and water solution. To make a cleaning solution of bleach, add 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. “Parts” just means any unit of measure, a part can be a cupful or a bucketful, just keep the “parts” the same.
- Please keep in mind that while bleach is inexpensive and very effective, it is poisonous to living tissue. Pure bleach spilled on skin can cause burns. Bleach slowly corrodes plastic and metal.
If you have any questions regading safe needle use, Hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS please contact The Northern AIDS Connection Society at (902)895-0931 or email timmy(at)northernaidsconnectionsociety.ca