Can You Catch Hiv From Crack Pipe

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Crack pipe and HIV transmission

How likely would it be to get HIV from someone who is infected by sharing a crack pipe with them? Considering if they had some blood in there mouth when they are using the pipe-like from poor hygene--gum disease or something? Or if for instance...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...transmitted in the ways that you describe. HIV is not known to be transmitted through sharing objects like drinks, straws, cigarettes, pipes, etc., with someone who is infected. This is because you are primarily coming into contact with saliva.... Read more »

cocaine, crack, hep c and hiv

I use to use cocaine and during that time I shared a crack pipe once, shared bills to snort drugs.... Read more »

Did I make the biggest mistake of my life? (SHARING A PIPE)

I shared a marijuana pipe with someone that is HIV+. Is there risk here?What if his lip was... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Advocates Mull Safer Crack Pipe Program effectively ends the $22,500 (U.S. $21,122) annual program this month. Many complaints about the program, especially crackpipes and other drug paraphernalia litter, came from residents of Sandy Hill, Centretown, Hintonburg, and Vanier. "The... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: British Columbia Health Officials Welcome Crack Pipe Study and Link to Hepatitis C

...steps necessary to transmit hepatitis C from one crack smoker to another by way of crackpipe sharing." In the study, crackpipes were collected shortly after being used by 51 inner city Toronto participants. Testing confirmed that 22 smokers... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Crack Users Say Pipe Program Helps Them Stay Healthy

...that former medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Cushman, presented to the city. Cushman advocated the distribution of crackpipes, tourniquets and other drug paraphernalia to Ottawa drug users to curb the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. The city... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Council Kills Crack Pipe Program

...and hepatitis C. Ottawa has an epidemic of those diseases, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Salisbury, and shared crackpipes and needles lead to more infections. "If we cannot control the HIV epidemic, it will affect us all. Whether in the... Read more »
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