Sep 18, 2009
If somebody snorted cocaine but never used IV drugs, would they be at risk for HCV? Should they be tested? Thank you.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
There was a study that showed that snorting cocaine was a risk factor for acquiring HCV infection. That study did not ask the participants if they had also used injection drugs. However, a recent paper showed that it is feasible that HCV virus can be spread through snorting by measuring virus in nasal passages, etc...
I think it is reasonable to have HCV testing, although the majority of HCV infections related to drug use are acquired through injection drug use.
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