Those who began working in harm reduction in the late 80’s were introduced to the use of bleach as a preventative measure for stopping the spread of HIV among injection drug users.
By using bleach as a safe injection tool, as condoms had been used to curb the spread of the disease, the community was beginning to tend to the wellness and medical needs of their own. Recognizing that government officials were unlikely to pass much needed funding or humane legislation during the rapidly spreading microbiologist disaster, drug users took it into their own hands to stem the tide of HIV related deaths in their community. Bleach as it turned out wasn’t the best intervention in preventing the transmission of HIV. It wore down your works compromising the integrity of the syringe.