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is there a real risk of HIV / Hep C from sharing note or straw when snorting cocaine and is testing required
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I have never heard about or read about any cases of HIV caused by sharing a straw during drug use.  Theoretically, it there was a LOT of blood, and the next person had a very significant wound that was also heavily bleeding....there could be a risk, but you have to realize that the amount of blood that would have to be present to cause a risk would certainly stop a person from using the straw.

Obviously, if you're concerned, don't do it, but again, I wouldn't classify that as a risk at all.  As for the doctor's advice, you would have to ask him for clarification, not us.  We obviously don't always agree with every single thing they say, and they don't agree with every single thing WE say, there are some variations there, but nothing significant.  For the most part, we're all on the same page.
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Not an HIV concern.
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Thanks its just yesterday I saw in Dr Hook s forum the following  " Welcome to the Forum.  I'll be happy to answer your questions.  The answers have not changed but are a bit more nuanced.  There are a VERY small number of cases in which sharing devices to snort cocaine appear to have led to transmission of infection "

or http://www.medhelp.org/posts/HIV---Prevention/HIV--Hep-C-and-cocaine-straws/show/645032
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Not led to HIV transmission.
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sorry wrong one heres the link where Dr Hook says small number of transmission linked
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/HIV---Prevention/Shared-Rolled-Up-Post-It-for-Snorting-Cocaine/show/1912030#post_8920176
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Not led to HIV transmission.
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"There are a VERY small number of cases in which sharing devices to snort cocaine appear to have led to transmission of infection" this is what the Dr says ?
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There is no contradiction. You've never seen anyone on this forum say HIV is transmitted by sharing straws. If it concerns you don't do it and seek help for your addiction.
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then why does Doctor Hook say this ? "There are a VERY small number of cases in which sharing devices to snort cocaine appear to have led to transmission of infection"
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Post your questions to him and not this forum.
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I have never heard about or read about any cases of HIV caused by sharing a straw during drug use.  Theoretically, it there was a LOT of blood, and the next person had a very significant wound that was also heavily bleeding....there could be a risk, but you have to realize that the amount of blood that would have to be present to cause a risk would certainly stop a person from using the straw.

Obviously, if you're concerned, don't do it, but again, I wouldn't classify that as a risk at all.  As for the doctor's advice, you would have to ask him for clarification, not us.  We obviously don't always agree with every single thing they say, and they don't agree with every single thing WE say, there are some variations there, but nothing significant.  For the most part, we're all on the same page.
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Not sure what you are refering to, but if your asking on here again about what a Dr says, we can't answer that only he can. You have to pay to post to the Dr's.
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its ok wasnt that
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how does one PROVE to others that they contracted hiv from sharing a bill to snort cocaine?

let's say you're a MARRIED man.  you go out and have unprotected sex with another man and become infected with hiv.  do you tell your wife you had sex with a man...or maybe say something like, "we were snorting cocaine and the bill had blood on it, so that's "got to be" how i contracted hiv.
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not sure what you are suggesting ? do you mean you can catch it by snorting cocaine?
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i'm saying that ppl lie about their exposures.

i, like teak, do not believe that hiv is transmitted through sharing a straw and don't believe that ANYONE HAS EVER contracted hiv in this manner.
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i, like teak, do not believe that hiv is transmitted through sharing a straw and don't believe that ANYONE HAS EVER contracted hiv in this manner. .


I agree 100%.
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Whats the risk of HIV when getting oral sex ( blow job) from a prostitute with bleeding gums .is testing necessary?
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NO risk.  Read the other threads...we get the same questions dozens of times a day.
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what is the person giving oral had HIV
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I mean what if the person giving oral had HIV?
Also what genital or ano genital sexual contact that could mean oral ?
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FROM THE HIV EXPERTS HERE AT MEDHELP:

"As you know from other posts about oral sex, our stance is that giving or receiving oral sex is not a risk for HIV.  Some others suggest that there is an appreciable risk of HIV from oral sex however, there are no convincing scientific reports which support these statements.  The presence of a burn in your mouth, or a sore, or ingestion of blood does not change this.  Still no risk an no reason for testing."  DR HOOK

"As far as HIV is concerned, there is no known risk of getting HIV from performing oral sex on an infected partner, even if that person's genital secretions get into your eyes or if you swallow"  DR HOOK

There is no debate (among experts) about the HIV risks associated with oral sex.  The risk is so low that almost nobody who cares for HIV infected patients has ever had a patient believed to have been infected that way.  Among experts, it's a semantic issue about using terms like "no risk" and "very low risk".  There is no difference between my or Dr. Hook's use of "low risk" and other experts' "no risk".
DR. HANDSFIELD

"And oral sex is basically safe sex -- completely safe with respect to HIV and although not zero risk for other STDs, the chance of infection is far lower than for unprotected vaginal or anal sex.  Please educate yourself about the real risks.  If you stick with oral sex and condom-protected vaginal or anal sex, you have no HIV worries and very little worry about other STDs. "   DR HANDSFIELD

"I am sure you can find lots of people who belive that HIV is transmitted by oral sex, but you will not find scientific data to support this unrealistic concern..."   DR HOOK

"HIV is not spread by touching, masturbation, oral sex or condom protected sex."- DR. HOOK

in the public HIV Prevention forum of MedHelp, TEAK and the other moderators maintain that oral sex in all forms is a zero risk activity. Would you agree with this assessment?  
I TOTALLY AGREE / DR GARCIA

The observation on thousand and thousand of observations is that HIV is not spread by oral sex (of any sort).  DR. HOOK

"With regard to the question you ask, I will repeat, as I’ve said more times than I can think- there are NO credible cases in which persons have acquired HIV through performance of oral sex- none!!.  The chance that you will be the first is ridiculously low.  You are more likely to be hit by lightening while reading my reply to you. DR HOOK

"HIV is not spread by masturbation, through oral sex, through kissing or other casual contact." DR HOOK

"There is no credible evidence that HIV is spread through oral sex, with or without the presence of cuts or blood in the persons mouth."- DR HOOK

"Oral sex. there is no evidence that HIV is spread through giving or receiving oral sex"- DR HOOK

"HIV is not spread through oral sex."  DR HOOK

"HIV is not spread through giving or receiving oral sex"   DR HOOK
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Is there some confusion on snorting through straws then as the Doc says there may have been cases
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doc says "There are have been one or two cases in which HIV was acquired in the process of snorting drugs."  are these actual reported cases ?
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whats more risky oral or sharing notes/straws when sniffing cocaine or are both no risk for HIV
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Neither are anything to worry about.  We've given you our assessment, it's up to you whether or not you want to accept it...but we cannot keep repeating ourselves.  Time to move on.
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