[HARMRED] At-cost tourniquets
cra at attglobal.net
Tue Aug 2 04:05:23 CDT 2011
Excellent thoughts Monte!
One more I will add are the clean surfaces that truly constitute a hep
preventative injection. This is both a new surface to prepare your
stuff on and a clean, new pad to stop bleeding after injection --
reduces bruising as well -- and it doesn't have alcohol which prolongs
bleeding. We call them safety squares and they were found by Lauretta
Grau for a study we were doing with Yale a decade ago. You can find
them at the link below. We have a DD workshop put 10-12 in a ziplock
bag for us...
On 8/2/11 1:44 AM, Monte Levine wrote:
> We have seen a huge influx of young folks here injecting tar heroin.
> All of them have had HIV/AIDS education and are quite aware of trying
> to take care of themselves as well as possible and as well as they
> know how to do so.
> HIV prevention is not quite HCV prevention. When I was first diagnosed
> with HCV my viral load was close to 75 million. It was so high that
> the University of Washington wanted a sample of my biopsy. I use that
> as an example of just how infectious HCV is and remind people to take
> extra tourniquets and don't shoot alone. I find having the tournequets
> available gives an opportunity for this little bit of HCV prevention.
> I have always liked the idea of using bicycle inner tubes for
> tourniquets. It's inventive and it does allow for bigger ones. (I have
> been lucky and scored some 1" rubber elastic that was Can.$1.00 for 5
> meters. I stocked up.) Do you advise everyone to have their own? Seems
> like blood would not really show up as it does on the commercial ones.
> It is rare, but I do know of a case where sharing tourniquets was the
> only route of transmission as this sero-discordant couple thought they
> were being very careful in their injection practices, except they did
> share the same tourniquet.
> What are other exchange folks doing to educate the young people we see
> who have had HIV prevention, but still need that little bit extra for
> HCV prevention?
> On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 5:12 PM, Dan Bigg <cra at attglobal.net
> <mailto:cra at attglobal.net>> wrote:
> Andréa -
> Fortunately, there is a excellent source of free tourniquets in any
> bicycle repair shops in their popped innertubes! We've been giving
> cloth bags to a couple shops here and exchanging the full bag whenever
> they called us.
> We and our participants then use scissors to cut the free resource to
> the desired length(s) and widths and there is no better tie... Unlike
> the usual medical tie these can be adjusted in length to be easy
> to tie
> and release by oneself which we have found is very helpful to safer
> Too bad all materials can't be this easy to acquire.
> Peace, Dan
> On 8/1/11 2:52 PM, Andréa Stella wrote:
> > Does anyone have a good distributor for at-cost or incredibly cheap
> > ties (tourniquets)? Total Access Group does supply them, but they
> > also have a flat shipping fee that boosts the price. If anyone is
> > finding them for less than .13 a tie, please let me know.
> > Thanks,
> > Andréa
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