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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