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with water. Repeat flushing with bleach and then water two more times. Remember ­ it's the bleach that kills HIV. There can easily be enough HIV left in the syringe after rinsing only with water to infect others. Instructions are available in the reception area.

For all drug use:

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Think about your safety before you use. Are you with someone you can trust? Are you in a safe place?

For sex behaviors:

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Some sexual behaviors have greater health risks than others.

Think

about the risks that yo

e willing to accept before having sex.

For some people, relapse occurs over the course of recovery. The best thing that can happen after a relapse is:

  • 1.

    For a crystal relapse, stop crystal use.

  • 2.

    For a high­risk sex relapse, start practicing safer sex again.

  • 3.

    Talk to a counselor and/or go to a meeting.

  • 4.

    Plan to prevent relapse in the future.

Use the worksheet on the next page to develop ideas on how to minimize the harmful effects of a relapse, if it were to occur.

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Session 9: Knowing How to Handle a Relapse is NOT Permission to Have a Relapse

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