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Topic Suggestion Description

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Date submitted: August 19, 2013

Briefly describe a specific question, or set of related questions, about a health care test or treatment that this program should consider.
I am a 58 year old women treating HVC for 14 years with Peg-Intron and Ribavirin. No one has thought of sharing a coke straw as a way of transmitting the disease. Open membranes and blood to blood.


Describe why this topic is important.
It hasn't been discussed as a possible way of transmitting it. Coke users use dollar bills, drinking straws, fancy gold doesn't matter. You don't sterilize in between usages...and inside the straw is a breeding ground.

Potential Impact

How will an answer to your research question be used or help inform decisions for you or your group?
People my age used coke as the social drug in the 80's and beyond.. No one thought about a straw as a conductor.

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