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sharing cocaine straw w/ hiv +
Aug 11, 2000

About a week and a half ago, I shared a rolled up dollar bill and cocaine with a person whom I did not know was hiv+. Ever since I found out, I've been really concerned about my risk of being infected. I've considered taking the PCR antigen test to determine if I am or not since this incident has taken a real toll on my emotional and mental well-being. I've heard much contradicting info by several AIDS hot lines etc. Please help.

Response from Mr. Kull

I am not aware of any cases of HIV infection happening through sharing cocaine straws. I have heard of Hepatitis C being spread in this manner. Intranasal cocaine use, especially heavy use, can cause bleeding in the nasal cavity. The straw would serve as a vehicle for transmission of virus.

I would not suspect that this one incident put you at any real risk for HIV infection. Hepatitis and HIV are two different viruses, and I am not aware of HIV being spread this way.

RMK



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