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Having Shared a Key for Coke

I recently shared a car key, with someone I do not know, to do a bump of cocaine. While the cocaine use was bad enough, I am now extremely worried about having put myself at risk for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C. I'm not so much worried about HIV. I do not believe that there was any fresh blood on the key. I am worried sick over this and have not been able to sleep. What is the likelihood of contracting Hep B, Hep C, or HIV, from such an exposure of sharing a key?  What is the risk level associated with having shared a key one time vs. sharing a straw, for example? I did not share any straws or banknotes. This was recently just a one time thing that I engaged in, and again, it was just done with a key and was one bump.  I did not see any cuts in my nose from having used the key. I also keep reading information that intranasal (sharing straws) activity is a low risk activity on some sites so I am really confused. What defines "low risk"? Should I not worry and not be concerned for testing? Thank you for all of your help.
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You could address the cocaine use; It's highly unlikely you caught hepatitis from your share on a key. It's possible, but highly unlikely
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163305 tn?1333668571
Plastic straws often make little tiny cuts inside the nasal passage which therefor allows the tiny hep C virus to get onto it and passed. If you didn't stick the key up your nose, you have no reason to worry. The fact that you do worry and don't know what you're doing, is problematic. Deal with that problem, it's not about hep C.
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317787 tn?1473358451
Hi there, Marivirginia, and OrphanedHawk have given you excellent advice.
I don't think you have anything to worry about assuming you used the key like you would a mirror and did not stick the key up your nose.
I think what they talk about with straws is like OH said, the straw goes up your nose and can cause abrasions and you could share microscopic particles of blood with the other person.
Take Care
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