Blood infections from IV drug use???
I, like most people, draw blood into my syringe before I shoot up to make sure I'm fit in the vein. However, one time I didn't finish injecting the shot, and I left about 0.25cc of heroin/blood mixture in the syringe. A week later, I come across the syringe with this old nasty mixture, which at this point contained coagulated chunks of my blood floating around in this red/brown liquid. In desperation, I dispensed the fluid mixture into a spoon, didn't even heat it, and I re-drew it through a filter to get rid of the blood chunks, and shot the mixture. About 2 hours later (right now), I began to feel cold symptoms - achy bones and muscles, slight fatigue, bit of a headache....
My question is, is there any way that the blood/heroin mixture cultivated bacteria during that week it was in the syringe? Am I at any risk of getting some sort of blood borne bacteria/pathogen because of this? Perhaps I'm being a bit paranoid, but I know that my friend once had a blood infection that could have been fatal which spooked me out (he caught this infection in a completely non-drug related way). So, any answers?
Last edited by aleester; 02-15-2008 at 01:09 PM.