anonymous Asks ...
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.