Intravenous (IV) drug users are at a very high risk for developing a number of infections and diseases from not only sharing needles, but from the act of injecting harmful chemicals into their body.
Here are some of the common diseases and viral and bacterial infections that can occur in IV drug users who share and reuse needles:
-HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus that can lead to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). AIDS is a virus that severely attacks a person’s immune system. Although there are drug therapies out there for AIDS, it is almost always fatal.
-Tuberculosis is an infection that affects the lungs, and attacks the kidneys, spine and brain. If left untreated it can be fatal.
-Hepatitis B is an infection that affects the liver.
-Hepatitis C is an infection that causes inflammation of the liver and can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis, and liver failure.
-STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) such as Gonorrhea and Syphilis. Gonorrhea causes pelvic inflammation and can cause infertility in both men and women. Syphilis increases the chances of contracting HIV and AIDS drastically and can also lead to permanent organ failure or death.
-Gas Gangrene occurs when the body tissue dies and can lead to amputation or fatality.
These are only a few of the many life threatening diseases and infections that can occur from IV drug use. If you or a loved one are suffering from IV drug use, call the professionals at Boca House for more information 877-957-8187.