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Hepatitis C

answered 05:19 PM EST, Sun October 20, 2013
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anonymous anonymous
I just found out that a guy I used to do cocaine with a lot has hepatitis C and he is in really bad shape. We shared coke straws together many times. He shot up and I never did though. I have not done cocaine with him in more than 2 years and I have no symptoms. How likely is it to get infected just by sharing straws?

Zelik Mintz Says...

Most people who have Hepatitis C have no symptoms and are unaware that they have contracted it.  And for many people, Hepatitis C does not develop into a disease that causes serious problems.   Hep C can be transmitted sexually or through blood so using the same straw snorting cocaine with someone who has Hepatitis C is theoretically possible to transmit.  I would suggest scheduling an appointment with a medical provider and have some bloodwork done and discuss the concerns with an MD.  Doing so would hopefully help put your mind and anxiety around Hepatitis C at ease.  I am not an expert on Hepatitis C and I would strongly suggest you see a physician.

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