to My World 9.
you can reach me at:
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Berkeley CA 95407
Politics of Failure
Ott here. I wanted to talk to you about some of the ethical and political
considerations of punk rock music. I got into this scene thing in around
1983. I was 12 and a half at the time. By that time Maximum Rock and
Roll generally, and Tim Yohannon specifically had a kind of stranglehold
on what could and what could not be considered punk. The basic thinking
as far as I could tell at the time was that because the rock stars of
the 70s and 80s were so decadent and arrogant and pompous that we shouldn't
be anything like them. As time went on the ideology developed into the
ramifications of the record industry being tied into the defense industry
and other bad things. Eventually the mere possibility of breaking even
on a band or doing a record with any non-MRR approved record labels
was almost completely taboo, selling out and treason against the scene.
early Nineties it became very clear that mainstream media was going
to start signing punk rock bands and present it like it's the new thing.
As it started happening we fully engaged the debate as to whether or
not it should happen without really looking at the fact that it wasn't
in our power to stop it. Some of my friend's bands went to major labels.
I had already bought the MRR ideology hook, line and sinker but the
fact that it was my friends afforded me the space to see if I thought
it was wrong or not. The first thing that I noticed that nobody had
an argument against was the fact that if Green Day wasn't on MTV and
wasn't selling tons of CDs then it would most certainly be some other
band. Our refusal to work with the major labels would basically have
no effect on whether or not those corporations (and their defense industry
buddies) made money. MRR threw the idea out over and over, if you just
don't do business with them then they won't make any money off of you.
So what, they will make as much money whether it's you or the New Kids
On The Block.
went on some of my friend's bands did a handful of benefits for local
radical and activist organizations. These produced huge amounts of money.
Six Figures. My whole concept of doing lots of benefit shows that would
raise about 100-200 each started to look pretty sad. One of the benefit
shows Green Day did made about 35,000 dollars for San Francisco Food
Not Bombs. Lotta money right? Wrong. It didn't even cover their current
lawyer bills. They had tons of cases against them for serving food.
One of the main organizers Keith Machinery had a three strikes charge
against him for serving food. It started to occur to me that it was
much more important to provide lawyers, keep the meals going, and to
build infrastructure for future revolutionary movements than t was to
obey Tim Yohannon. Punk Rock always like to claim that it was revolutionary
and against the system but it consistently fell short. It could criticize
the system but it always was and is too chicken to actually confront
the system and to attack the system. As I got older the whole idea of
having an anti-establishment identity, but not actually doing anything
got really old. At this point in my life I read an article about what
Rage Against the Machine was doing with the money they were making.
They were funding real shit. Zapatistas and Mumia's defense. Yeah we
were pure, but they were getting the job done and we were just hot air.
As I got more involved in organizing it really dawned on me that actual
revolution is going to take a lot of people, a lot of money and a lot
of work. The whole idea of following Tim Yohannons line of thinking
stopped making sense. I began to view it as deciding to fail. I have
kids so I can't afford to fail. I can't afford the consequences of letting
corporate/government control of everything going unchallenged. As I
got even older and started having responsibilities like feeding my kids
I noticed another flaw in the idea that bands shouldn't make money.
I couldn't afford to do a band anymore. According to the rules of MRR
everyone in the world should have a living wage but if you're in a band
you shouldn't even make minimum wage. If I even got minimum wage for
every hour I put into Fifteen I would own my own home by now. Instead
I lived in doorways. That's real solidarity with the workers huh?
I wanted to bring up all the things that we wouldn't have if the MRR
ideology was universally accepted. We would have lost a major piece
of the movement against the Viet Nam war. Major Label bands played a
very large role in stopping the worlds largest empire from destroying
the people of Viet Nam. What do we have to point to, well we have argued
about Green Day and bar codes until we were all blue in the face.
I took my daughter to see one of her favorite bands Everclear. They
are on a major label. I have abandoned my daughter for about 3/4s of
her life. Lots of men do that. The band Everclear has a song called
Father of Mine. It's about the guy's dad leaving him and his mom at
the age of ten and how much it hurt him. When we went to see Everclear
they played that song and my daughter and I had what is clearly one
of the most important experiences of my life. I realized that not only
did that major label band play an integral part of healing my relationship
with my daughter, they are probably the first people to give a huge
number of kids permission and space to rightfully place blame for all
the pain they feel on the parent who caused that pain. This is infinitely
more important than how much we hate bar codes. Lastly is the argument
that major labels are buying up rebellion to present it in a safe way.
I haven't really seen more than a couple of punk rock bands that do
anything but talk and pose.
So I guess
what IM trying to say is instead of slagging all the nonpolitical bands
for being on major labels, maybe we should be slagging the political
bands for not being on major labels.
Jake Sayles, Kamala Parks, Jagger Bredahl, Cassandra Milispaugh Shoshana
Wheaton, and Clayton McBride should eat shit.
4th, 1998 the above mentioned individuals distributed the following
flyer at a Fifteen show in People's Park in Berkeley California. I will
go through this point by point.
of their original flyer appears in bold print.
You Should Question Jeff Ott? - Jeff is a traitor to alternative lifestyles
and has become a born-again Christian.
Alternative lifestyles? Born again Christian? If you guys would of put
that one last maybe somebody would have taken you seriously. First of
all, I am not any kind of Christian. I have NEVER attended any church
service ever. I have never been baptized. I have never accepted anyone
as my personal savior. My spirituality is centered on my knowing that
I am part of an organism called earth. That's about it. Furthermore,
saying that someone is guilty of something because of his or her faith
is bigoted bullshit. Not particularly different from the homophobia
you accuse me of.
as a traitor to the alternative lifestyles goes, I guess so. I don't
thinks it's OK to have NON-CONSENSUAL sex with drugged children. People
throw around words like alternative all the time. Having an identity
is fine but it accomplishes nothing by it's self. I work towards revolution
almost every fucking day. I run my own needle exchange program in Sonoma
county, I generate funds and buy/distribute sleeping bags, socks and
vitamins to homeless people, I am a community health worker in Petaluma
(I educate young people about HIV, Hepatitis, proper condom usage, safe
needle use, etc.), I work at a homeless shelter, I (since I moved to
Sonoma County) have been working towards the establishment of civilian
police review and justice for the families of the 18 people killed by
police since I've moved here.
manipulated women and young girls into supporting him financially and
true. Not in the last seven years of course, but this isn't about what's
going on now, it's about employee's of the Press trying to defend/avenge
their BOSS. I have been monogamous for three years with the woman I
have been married to for almost two years. I financially support both
my wife, our daughter and I pay child support to my older daughter's
mother. I have been supporting these people for years now. I do this
by working between 2-3 jobs (usually 2) on average about 60 hours a
week. That is on top of the political work I do for free.
been living in hypocrisy for many years. He has gotten Jux Beck in prison
for lessor crimes than Jeff himself has committed and admitted to (see
My World Zine) and never served any time for his crimes.
crimes my ass. I raped one woman (my own age, and once again 10 years
ago) and started to do the same thing to another. Served time? No. I
sought out and found one of the two women that I did those things to
and successfully made amends to her. What does that mean? It means that
I apologized and offered to do whatever she thought would set straight
my actions (i.e. money for therapy, etc.). The other woman I have not
found yet. Jux on the other hand has a well-defined pattern (stretching
at least ten years) of intentionally getting people loaded and raping
or taking advantage of them. These people are basically all about 20
years younger than him. The man is a SEXUAL PREDATOR who preys on children.
So to say the two different scenarios are the same you'd have to be
pretty stupid, or (once again) defending your BOSS.
misrepresented "victims" of Jux Beck in e-mails sent out all over the
They have one kid Jagger, who claims that Jux never did anything to
him. Previously he told his friends that he had to wrestle Jux off of
him. Additionally a third party saw Jux trying to do things to Jagger
and a girl at a party. I talked to the girl and she told me that that
did happen to her. I did not talk to Jagger about it. Defending one's
perpetrator is pretty common, go check out a domestic violence court
sometime if that sounds too weird to you. People who associate with
Jux and the presses love to point to the kid who made the initial accusation
against Jux, saying that he took it all back. I was told by that kid
that he didn't want to have to talk to people about it anymore, he told
me in the same conversation exactly what happened to him and it fits
exactly the California Penal Code definition of rape. Furthermore friends
of some of the victims have told me they have been harassed by Jake
Sayles because of their actions against Jux (Also, as far as "misrepresenting"
victims goes, after handing out these flyers Cassandra Millspaugh asked
me to get her in touch with some of the victims, because she didn't
know if any of the accusations are true or not. If you don't really
know, what the fuck are you doing defending his sick ass?)
quest to get Jux Beck into prison, Jeff has advocated violence against
him in e-mails by claiming that any action short of murder would be
justified. In these e-mails, he also printed Jux's home address and
license plate numbers. His false claims of Jux's sexual deviations coupled
with there e-mails has put Jux and his housemates / friends in danger
say any action short of murder would be justified. I said I would support
any action short of murder. If one of the kids whose life has been ruined
by Jux wants to kill him, that's just fine with me, but I don't want
to have anything to do with it. Once again I have never struck another
person (with the exception of my brother once when I was 4). I sure
did print his home address and licensee plate numbers; I also gave some
of the kids he hurt wanted posters to put up in Jux's neighborhood.
The way I see it the more people who know who Jux is and what he does,
the safer the rest of us are. So since you were in so much danger what
the fuck ever happened to you? Your house got tagged a couple of times?
How scary. That's much worse than coming out of a black out and finding
a man twice your age anally rapping you. Huh?
Lucky Dog's funeral Lenny (Filth) told a mutual friend that I should
stop doing what I was doing because people at the (I'm unclear on whether
"at the presses" meant employee's residents, or people who
just hang out there) presses were talking about getting guns and ski
masks and finding me in Santa Rosa. Nice try on playing the "were
so oppressed and peaceful" game. Unless you're saying Lenny is
a lair (which I don't think is the case).
claimed he would leave Jux alone and not write anymore e-mails as long
as Jux attended counseling sessions for victims of sexual abuse. Even
though Jux attended these sessions and voluntarily ended his friendships
with adolescents, Jeff continued, against his word, to persecute Jux
and falsely accuse him of molesting young boys.
Jux agreed to also stop sexually assaulting young people. He continued.
He broke the agreement not me. I got confirmation from a young woman
that he had done something to her.
to pursue Jux Beck while he serves his term in prison, attempting to
subvert the plea bargain that was agreed to by Jux's lawyer and the
District Attorney. Jeff pursued Jux through authoritarian channels yet
refuses to accept the punishment imposed on Jux by the law.
so far from reality it must have been intentionally made up. I wanted
the whole time for Jux to take a plea. That means kid's don't have to
be retraumatized in court. Did I try to disrupt the plea agreement?
Nope. They're just pissed because the Judge doesn't like the deal offered
(the judge doesn't have to sentence according to the deal, it's basically
just a recommendation.). Maybe they can find a way I swayed the Judge
too huh? Let's count them. According to this flyer and other statements
by Jux 's defenders I have:
1. Gotten kids to lie about being molested.
2. Gotten the police to believe said lies and arrest Jux.
3. Gotten the DA fooled also, and I get to tell the DA whether or not
the Plea agreement is OK with me.
4. Gotten the Judge to change his mind also.
5. Gotten police in Southern California to lie and put Jux in their
computer, identifying him as a suspect in the molestation of three kids
(ten years ago before I ever knew Jux).
getting just a little ridiculous. If I had this kind of power, Jux is
the last person I would be going after. Just for the record I have never
talked to the DA of this case, I have only called the DA's office to
find out upcoming court dates. I have never talked to the Judge of this
case in my life. The cops in Berkeley specifically don't like me personally.
contrary to Jeff's claims, has not been found guilty of raping anyone.
Rather, he's in prison for a mutually consensual sexual relationship
with a minor.
claimed he was found guilty, I claimed and still do claim that he IS
guilty. He was charged with violating a minor sexually. None of the
people writing this crap have bothered to talk to that kid (who filed
charges) about it. -
has basically ruined Jux's life.
a little bit of truth.The
way I ruined his life is probably a better deal than the way he has
ruined 20 lives that I know of so far. Jux will probably serve 1-2 years
in jail. That's a much better deal than living with being abused the
rest of your life at least 20 times over. It's probably better than
the way his life would be ruined if somebody's parents found out and
killed him, don't you think? What goes around comes around.
it's time for Jeff Ott to stop his pursuit of Jux Beck
done anything to or about Jux for months and months, but when consequences
finally come his way his employee's will sure try to make it look like
pamphlet was prepared by Jake Sayles, Kamala Parks, Jagger Bredahl,
Cassandra Milispaugh, Shoshana Wheaton, and Clayton McBride. (PS
- Shoshana, I wasn't really passed out when you tried to fuck Jack next
to me. It must suck not having the capacity to be honest, huh?)
Little Bit More About Jux. (and MRR)
year or two ago I started dealing with Jux. The first thing I did was
end up on a committee established by the membership of 924 Gilman. When
things got too personal for my tastes (Jux tried to sexually assault
a very close friend of mine) I quit the committee and started sending
emails to every punk I could find on the Internet. At the very next
membership meeting Jux showed up in a rage, and threatened the officers
of the club (my wife was present also) by saying "I'm going to get Tim
Yohannon to deal with all of this. Low and behold the very next issue
of MRR has a column by Tim warning people to watch out for myself and
the club and "our" MacCarthyistic tactics. I was starting to get an
image of Jux wielding Tim Yohannon around on a leash.
recently devoted an entire issue of MRR to presenting Lookout! Records
and Lawrence in particular as the rough equivalent of the anti-christ
(Larry's crime? Failing to put a record out). I wrote a letter to MRR
to defend myself and to point out that Tim was at least as MacCarthyistic
as I could ever hope to be. It was sort of a surprise to me to find
out that he refused to print my letter. It seemed like MRR had always
let people at least reply to accusations made against them. So I sent
the letter to Punk Planet who promptly printed it. The letter didn't
even name Jux.
next issue of Punk Planet and MRR there was a reply from Jux in the
letters section. His letter basically said how I'm the actual rapist
and how he never did anything to anybody (although he did apologize
to unnamed people in the same letter). I thought this was sort of a
funny statement considering I knew he would soon either plead guilty
or be found guilty of a sex crime done to a minor. I proceeded to send
a letter of reply to both Punk Planet and MRR, as usual punk planet
printed it and MRR didn't. I began a dialog with Ikki at MRR as to why
the letter wasn't printed. Jux's letter made accusations against me
that were provably false. Ikki told me he would look into it and talk
to the collective about it. Because he was very new to the magazine
I ended up dealing with Jacqueline instead. She and I talked quite a
bit over a period of weeks. I tried to make it clear that journalistic
responsibility means letting a person respond to accusations. I tried
to get her to understand that not only did they print a libelous letter,
but the author was listed as a "worker" in that issue and also had a
paid ad in that issue. I tried to explain to her that it would be pretty
easy to sue MRR. It wasn't just a letter, it was the opinion of a worker
at the zine for which they are directly responsible. So anyway, it became
clear no letter would be printed. Next thing I know Jux was picked up
by the police and charged with three counts of felony sexual assault.
requested that MRR at least let me send in an update, since the nature
of the accusations made against me were that I was a liar and nothing
I said about Jux was true. I figured that him being charged should significantly
offset Jux's prior statements. When Jacqueline finally got back to me
the last time all she had to say was that somebody named Timojen thought
my information was sketchy and so they couldn't print anything by me
(they never talked to any of Jux's accusers). Then she went on to tell
me that the magazine had decided not to print anything about Jux at
all. That's pretty convenient considering they have tried to promote
Jux's innocence since the word go (presumably due to Tim Yohannon's
long-standing friendship with Jux) all the way until it was obvious
that Jux was going to get caught. At which point they stick their head
up their ass and pretend nothing ever happened.
our conversations Jacqueline stated that she was concerned about not
re-traumatizing Jux's victims by defending Jux. Well guess what Jacqueline,
that's exactly what you did. So what can I say? I don't know, Tim's
dead and MRR's stranglehold on the scene is waning, as it should be.
Timojen, smells like contempt prior to investigation and personalities
over principals to me.
I worked at a recycling center for about nine months. Here's what I
1. Only buy glass. When aluminum and plastic are melted down you lose
a lot of the material in the form of fumes and smoke. When you melt
down glass you lose almost nothing. Additionally the more people use
glass, the more likely it is that stores will go back to washing and
reusing bottles, which takes even less energy than recycling them.
2. Plastic isn't really recyclable. You can turn some plastics into
harder plastics, but you can't turn the harder plastics into much of
anything. Easy solution - don't buy plastic.
3. Aluminum isn't recycled into cans. When you put your aluminum cans
in the recycle, they get smashed into blocks and then they get sent
to Asia where they are melted down and made into car engines. Therefore
every time you drink soda/beer from a can, the can is made out of virgin
materials. That means they cut up a mountain and used a whole slew of
toxic chemicals to separate the ore from the earth. Simple solution
- don't use cans.
4. Paper is recyclable. It seems like most people only recycle their
newspaper. You can recycle colored paper, newsprint, cardboard, blueprints,
magazines, etc. Basically everything.
5. Here's a list of other things that you can recycle. Brass, Copper,
Scrap Aluminum, Lithoplate, Xerox cylinders, Steel. If you live in a
small town they might take all of these things, but if you live in a
big town there is probably a place that will.
6. There's a lot of pretty severe alcoholics working at recycling centers.
7. There's a big section of hell set aside for people who put things
like dirty diapers and vomit in their bags of recycle.
8. Most counties have a recycling hotline, so if your recycling center
doesn't take certain things call up the hotline and find out who does.
is my Daughter; she showed me this place on the Internet where you can
download this free software so you can talk (IM) to people with AOL.
Once I got the software installed we did this interview.
Jeff: question #1) what's your age and what grade are you in?
Vanessa: I am 12 and I am in 7th grade
Jeff: #2) Does your school teach you about HIV/Aids?
Vanessa: well we haven't had any formal training no
Jeff: Do you think they should teach you about it?
Vanessa: of course it is something that can effect anyone
Vanessa: and as long as people aren't educated about it then it will
continue to be a almost completely preventable disease
Jeff: ok, #3, have you ever learned about the Black Panther Party or
the American Indian Movement in history class?
Vanessa: no but I did learn a little by watching forest gump
Jeff: cool, #4 has a teacher ever taught you about domestic violence?
Vanessa: no we have learned a little about it from this program called
Jeff: what was great about?
Vanessa: it was a program that stood for gang resistance education and
Vanessa: it thought us different ways to react in situations
Jeff: oh, #5, has any of your teachers ever taught you about the women's
movement? Vanessa: no I believe we are going to learn about that next
Jeff: good, #6, what do you do with your free time?
Vanessa: well I do tae kwon do and I like volleyball and basketball
and I love listening to music and I guess I travel with my grandmother
and well talk to you
Vanessa: use the Internet
Vanessa: talk on the phone
Vanessa: and well if I have time rest
Jeff: all right, #8, What do you think about animal testing?
Vanessa: I am really against it I have written letters to companies
and stopped using products that use animal testing because I think they
should find some other way to test products with out hurting defenseless
animals because who says that we are any higher up then them and
Vanessa: I mean what if we are one of those little rats or bunnies in
our next life time
Jeff: Are you against testing on the people who own the companies?
Vanessa: I think that they might deserve to be tortured just to see
how it feels
Jeff: cool, #9, should kids get to vote?
Vanessa: I think that kids should have the right to vote if they can
show they have the knowledge on the issues in fact I think part of school
should be learning about politics and what has gone wrong in the past
and how to improve the system so that the future generations will have
a better government and the scandals and evilness we associate with
politicians will no longer be
Jeff: do you think that adults should have to prove they have knowledge
of an issue before they can vote also?
Vanessa: of course
Vanessa: I think that an uneducated adult shouldn't be more privileged
then a child just because they are older we are citizen of this country
just as much as they are
Vanessa: hey on the side my mom thinks that grace looks like me
Jeff: (her hair is turning reddish)
Jeff: #10, should kids get to run for office?
Vanessa: I don't think that we should have a child for president but
definitely in some offices
Jeff: cool, #11, whose face do you think should be on the 1$ bill?
Vanessa: Billy Joe's
Jeff: right on, #12 have you ever had a teacher at school talk about
Jeff: do you think they should talk about stuff like that?
Vanessa: I don't know why it might come up later in sex Ed though
Jeff: ok, #12, has a teacher ever talked about medical marijuana?
Vanessa: no Vanessa: I personally think it has its ups and downs though
Vanessa: for example it could damage your brain but if you have a thing
like aids it could make you live longer because it makes you hungry
Jeff: that's right Vanessa: I think if you aren't gonna live to long
anyways then it is a good way to add a little while on to your life
Jeff: yep Jeff: ok, #13, do you believe that people have really been
on the moon?
Vanessa: well yea
Jeff: #14, who do you think should be fired?
Vanessa: fired from what?
Jeff: a job
Vanessa: just in general?
Vanessa: hmmm this is a tough question
Jeff: we'll get back to that one, #15 are there any redwood trees in
Vanessa: hehe yea
Jeff: ok, #16, if you won the lottery what would you buy?
Vanessa: I would buy a house and a car I suppose and some furniture
and save about some and then I would give the rest to a charity most
likely a charity to help the homeless and starving people
Vanessa: I wouldn't be like bill gates and keep it all
Jeff: glad to hear it. #17, how do computers influence your life?
Vanessa: well they make my life easier Vanessa: in ways
Vanessa: they are fun to use to talk online and stuff
Jeff: 0k, #18, how does Tie Kwan Do influence your life?
Vanessa: ok it is tae kwon do most people cant even come to close so
don't feel bad
Jeff: I tried
Vanessa: well first it gives me lots of self esteem and it helps me
realize if I push my self to above my limit I don't really have a limit
and I can do anything
Jeff: could you beat up most of the boys in your grade?
Vanessa: oh yea not most all of them
Jeff: do you know anybody who has AIDS?
Vanessa: well (blank)
Jeff: is (blank) a friend of yours?
Vanessa: I don't really know her all that well but I have met her
Vanessa: she is (blank) friend (blank) lil sister
Jeff: oh yeah. back to that one question, who do you think should be
Vanessa: I have also volunteered in a homeless shelter
Jeff: where did you do that?
Vanessa: it was in Berkeley
Vanessa: it was a homeless shelter for people with aids
Jeff: oh, did you learn anything there?
Vanessa: it was rather depressing
Jeff: I bet. so....... who should be fired?
Vanessa: because I thought there seemed so smart and nice and to think
they would die it was just depressing
Jeff: what do you think about god and churches and stuff like that?
Vanessa: I think there might be a god but I think it is silly how people
worship him church is like a cult
Jeff: do you think Bill Clinton bombed Afghanistan and Sudan just to
make the scandal go away?
Vanessa: he bombed them?
Jeff: yes he did a couple of weeks ago
Vanessa: I don't think that under normal conditions he would have done
anything like that
Jeff: do you think he should be fired?
Vanessa: because of the scandal? or the bombings?
Jeff: either Vanessa: well maybe for the bombings but not for the whole
Monica thing that is between him and his wife-
Jeff: do you think god is a "him"?
Vanessa: I don't think god is a being
Vanessa: that is if there is one
Info I Learned While Working With Needle Users, Prostitutes and Runaways
(or, how to avoid death and having your genitals fall off).
How it is spread - Fecal to Oral. For example, someone uses bathroom
and doesn't wash his/her hands, then serves you food. The germ would
travel from that persons feces to their hands to your food or plate
to your mouth. OR Any sexual contact between mouth and anus or finger/penis/sex
toy to anus and then to mouth. It can also be spread by contaminated
Symptoms - Fatigue, Light Stool, Dark Urine, jaundice, Mild Fever,
Cigarettes taste bad. Symptoms last short time (4-6 weeks). There may
be no symptoms.
Treatment - The Vaccine (Gamma Globulin) should be taken within
72 hours of exposure. Hepatitis A almost never turns into long term
Prevention - Get vaccinated if you regularly engage in at risk
behavior. Always wash hands after having a bowel movement, contact with
feces, changing diapers or contact with changing tables. If you engage
in any sexual activity that includes mouth to anus contact, please use
a dental dam or Saran wrap. If you engage in any activity that involves
anal penetration (fingers, penis, dildo, toes, etc.) please put a condom
on the object and remove the condom from the object before any oral
contact with the object.
How it is spread. - Blood to Blood. Such as sharing unbleached
needles. Sharing toothbrushes or razors. Contact between an open cut
and some other persons blood. Also blood transfusions before 1972 are
a possible risk of transmission. Contact with Bodily Fluids. Sexual
or non-sexual contact with the blood, semen, vaginal secretions, urine,
saliva or mucous of an infected person can infect you. Being bitten
by an infected person can infect you. Infected Equipment to Blood. Such
as shared needles, unclean tattooing and piercing equipment. Mother
to Child. Transmission can occur at the time of birth.
Symptoms - Fatigue, Light Stool, Dark Urine, Jaundice, Fever,
Mild Flu like Symptoms. There may be no symptoms. Can cause liver cell
damage, sometimes leading to cirrhosis and liver cancer and even death.
Treatment - Interferon injections are effective in up to half
of those treated.
Prevention - Get vaccinated if you regularly engage in at risk
behavior. If you have already tested positive for Hepatitis B antibodies
you are naturally protected from getting it again. Try to avoid sharing
needles. If you have to share, please clean all your needles and works
in between uses. Practice safe sexual practices. Don't share toothbrushes
or razors. Avoid being bitten by another person. When getting tattooed
or pierced ask about their sterilization practices and ask to see an
autoclave (autoclaves sterilize metal instruments with very high temperatures).
A special note on Hepatitis C: Because Hepatitis C can take 20 or even
30 years for symptoms to show up, it has spread to the vast majority
of needle users before we even knew it existed. We very seriously encourage
anyone who has shared a needle or slept with someone who has or anyone
shared snorting straws to get a test for Hepatitis C. Some researchers
are estimating that as many as 90-95% of past and present IV drug users
are positive for Hepatitis C. This disease can be eating away your liver
before you even have noticeable symptoms. The sooner you find out you
have it the longer you have and the more options exist to potentially
beat this disease.
How it is spread - Blood to Blood. Such as blood transfusion
before 1990. Sharing needles with an infected person (infected people
may show no symptoms). Receiving a tattoo or piercing from non-sterilized
equipment. Sharing razors or toothbrushes. Also sharing the straws used
to snort drugs can pass Hepatitis C from one person to another. Sexual
Contact. Hepatitis C can be transmitted by sexual contact. It is not
as likely as Hep B, but because there is no cure, avoiding transmission
is very important. Mother to Baby. Hepatitis C can be passed from a
mother to a newborn at birth, although this is fairly rare.
Symptoms - Fatigue, Light Stool, Dark Urine, Jaundice, Fever,
Mild flu like symptoms. Can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure
and death. In some cases people infected with Hepatitis C show no symptoms
for 20 years or more even though liver damage is happening. This is
why it is important to get tested for Hepatitis C if you have ever shared
needles or had sex with someone who has.
Treatment - There is currently no cure or vaccine for hepatitis
C, however, Interferon injections are effective in reducing the amount
of the virus in a person in about 15% of those treated.
Prevention - Don't share needles and works. If you have to,
clean needles and let the bleach sit in the needle for 2 minutes. Practice
safe sex. Don't share razors or toothbrushes. If you have had a blood
transfusion before 1990 get tested. If you get tattooed or pierced make
sure they use sterile equipment and ask to see an autoclave.
How it is spread - Blood to Blood. Such as Sharing needles.
Theoretically could include sharing straws used to snort drugs. Sexual
Contact. Any kind of unprotected sexual contact that connects blood
or semen or a sore or a cut together, including oral, vaginal and anal
sex. Symptoms - General breakdown of the immune systems ability to deal
with common diseases and infections. Constant reoccurring infections
Treatment - There is currently no cure or vaccine. There are
an array of drugs and combinations of drugs that don't eliminate the
virus altogether but reduce it's numbers and ability to suppress the
Prevention - Practice safe sex. Use condoms, gloves and dental
dams. When you shoot drugs, try to use your own needles, water, cotton,
water container, cooker and spoon. If you have to share works with somebody,
clean them before and after you use them.
How it is spread. Cotton Fever happens when you shoot dope and
a little piece of the cotton or cigarette filter (with bacteria on it)
gets into your blood.
Symptoms - Fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, feels terrible.
Similar to being dope sick.
Treatment - Go to a doctor, clinic or emergency room and get
Prevention - Use clean cotton every time you inject. Do not
reuse cottons. Regularly clean your needles, cookers and spoons even
if you don't share them. Don't use polyester cotton or cigarette filters.
Also once you have used a piece of cotton throw it away in a place (like
a toilet) where others won't be tempted to try and get a hit out of
How it is spread. Wound Botulism is very rare but very serious.
It is usually acquired from muscle shooting (skin or muscle popping)
contaminated Mexican tar heroin.
Symptoms - It affects nerves. First, drooping eyelids, blurred
or double vision, dry sore throat. Then shortness of breath, slurred
speech, paralysis, loss of muscle control.
Treatment - Go to hospital IMMEDIATELY and tell them you suspect
you have wound botulism. The longer you wait the greater your chances
of death or permanent disability.
Prevention - Avoid muscle or skin popping Mexican tar heroin.
Avoid licking your needle before injecting.
How it is spread. You get Endocarditis from picking up a bacteria
Symptoms - Fever, Tiredness, Lousy Feeling, Headaches, Night-Sweats
and chest pains. Treatment - If you have these symptoms and they
don't go away go to a doctor hospital or clinic right away. They can
test your blood for Endocarditis and if you have it you need to receive
Prevention - Don't reuse even your own needles. Clean your skin
on the injection site before and after injection with soap and water,
and with alcohol pads. Use clean water, cotton and cookers.
How it is spread - Abscesses happen when bacteria from your
needle, drugs, works or skin get inside you when you skin or muscle
pop, or miss a vein.
Symptoms - Abscesses normally start out as hard reddish lump
at or near the injection site. It might feel warm and it might hurt.
Later skin around the lump will get pink and puffy. Also it might develop
red streaks spreading out from the abscess.
Treatment - If the lump is only a few days old and if there
is NO red streaks,NO fever and NO tiredness, then try soaking the abscess
in hot salty water (or hot washcloth). Soak the abscess at least 3-4
times a day, 10-15 minutes each time. If the lump hasn't improved within
5 days, or if you see red streaks, or if the area around the lump is
pink and puffy or hot, or if you feel tired or have chest pains then
go to doctor, clinic or hospital immediately. NEVER SHOOT IN OR NEAR
AN ABSCESS. NEVER SQUEEZE OR CUT INTO AN ABSCESS.
Prevention - Try to use a new needle every time time you inject.
Always use clean cookers, water and cotton. Wash your hands and injection
site with soap and water before shooting. Wipe the injection site with
alcohol wipes before and after you shoot. Don't skin pop or shoot into
a muscle. Don't shoot where two veins come merge. When you shoot, take
your time and find a good vein.
How it is spread - It is spread by infected needles, dope or
Symptoms - It starts like an abscess but it grows very quickly,
within hours. It feels hot and puffy and red, and it shows red streaks
and is painful. This can take large portions of flesh, a limb or even
your life it is not treated immediately.
Treatment - If you suspect you have the flesh eating bacteria
go to a hospital immediately. Do not try to treat it yourself.
Prevention - Don't share needles, water, cotton, cookers, spoons,
etc. Sharing Needles 3x water 3x bleach(let it sit 1 minute) 3x water
If you have to share a needle with somebody please take the following
1. Suck water into the needle, all the way up to the top. Squirt the
water out. (Repeat 2 more times)
4. Suck bleach into the needle, all the way up to the top. Let it sit
for 3 minutes. Squirt it out. (Repeat 2x)
1. Suck water into the needle, all the way up to the top. Squirt the
water out. (Repeat 2 more times) Please never share water, spoons, cookers
have any of these diseases and not have any symptoms. If you suspect
you have been infected by somebody, get tested. If you show up positive,
please tell who ever you have slept with since you got infected.
How it is spread - Sexual Contact. Chlamydia is spread by having
vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone infected with Chlamydia.
Symptoms - Women. Bleeding between periods. Vaginal discharge.
Burning when you pee. Pain in abdomen. Transmission from mother to child
is possible during childbirth. Men. Watery, white or yellow drip from
penis. Burning when you pee. If Chlamydia goes untreated it could cause
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, reproductive organ damage and even sterility.
Treatment - Go to a doctor, clinic or hospital and get antibiotics.
Prevention - Practice Safe Sex.
How it is spread - Sexual contact. Genital Warts are spread
by vaginal, anal or oral sex with a person infected by Genital Warts.
Symptoms - Small bumpy warts on sex organs and anus. Itching
and burning around the sex organs. After the warts go away, the virus
stays in the body and the warts may come back. There is no cure for
Treatment - Individual warts can be burned off with a laser
or frozen off by a doctor or at a clinic.
Prevention - Practice Safe Sex.
How it is spread - Sexual Contact. Gonorrhea is spread by vaginal,
anal or oral sex with a person infected by Gonorrhea.
Symptoms - Women. Thick white or yellow discharge from vagina.
Burning or pain during urination or bowel movements. Abnormal periods
or bleeding between periods. Cramps or pain in the lower abdomen. Men.
Thick yellow or white drip from the penis. Burning or pain during urination
or bowel movements. Increase in urination. If untreated for too long
it can cause heart trouble, skin disease, arthritis and blindness.
Treatment - Go to a doctor, hospital or clinic and get antibiotics.
Prevention - Practice Safe Sex.
How it is spread - Sexual Contact. Herpes is spread by vaginal,
anal or oral sex with a person infected with Herpes.
Symptoms - Flu-like feelings. Small, painful blisters on the
sex organs or mouth. Itching or burning before the blisters appear.
There is no cure for herpes, even when the blisters go away they may
come back at any time. Herpes can be transmitted from a mother to a
newborn at the time of birth.
Treatment - Go to a doctor, clinic or hospital and get antibiotics
Prevention - Practice Safe Sex.
How it is spread - Sexual Contact. Syphilis is spread by having
vaginal, anal or oral sex with a person infected with Syphilis. It can
also be spread to a newborn during childbirth.
Symptoms - The symptoms come in two stages: Stage 1. Painless,
reddish-brown sore or sores on mouth, sex organs, breasts or fingers.
Sore(s) lasts 1-5 weeks. 2nd Stage. A rash anywhere on the body. Flu-like
feelings. If left untreated too long it can cause miscarriages, heart
disease, brain damage, blindness, and death.
Treatment - Go to a doctor, hospital or clinic and get antibiotics.
Prevention - Practice Safe Sex.
How it is spread - Sexual Contact. Vaginitis can be spread through
vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Symptoms - Itching, burning or pain in the vagina. More discharge
from the vagina than normal. Discharge smells and/or looks different.
Men can get infections in the penis, prostate gland or urethra.
Treatment - Go to a doctor, clinic or hospital and get cream
to treat it with.
Prevention - Practice Safe Sex.
to use a condom
1. Use a new LATEX condom before each sex act (make sure the condom
is not past the expiration date).
2. Squeeze tip of condom to remove air (Excess air could cause condom
to break or could cause semen to spill out the sides of the condom).
Also you may want to put some water based lubricant in the condom to
3. When penis is hard (before any sexual contact), place condom on tip
and roll down all the way.
4. After coming (ejaculation) grab the base of the condom and withdrawal
before the penis gets soft (to avoid leakage).
5. Avoid further sexual contact with your partner until both of you
wash your sex organs and any other areas that came into contact with
7. Never reuse a condom. Never use an oil based lubricant. Don't expose
condoms to sun and heat. Check the expiration date to make sure the
condom is still good.
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