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Steve-O Shares How He Snorted Cocaine Mixed With HIV Positive Blood During Height Of Addiction

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Steve-O, was made famous for appearing for over a decade on the MTV series Jackass. 

The TV personality has an equally colorful past when it comes to his struggles with substance abuse.

In 2019, Steve-O, whose full name is Stephen Gilchrist Glover, will be approaching his eleventh year sober.

However, before sobriety, Steve-O basically tried…well, everything.

And unlike his Jackass days, it was no stunt.

“My favorites were Ketamine, cocaine, nitrous oxide, PCP, of course marijuana, alcohol. Oh, I loved Xanax so much, and Valium,” he recalled.

“Never got too into meth, but I never turned it down. Had some pretty terrible experiences on magic mushrooms.”

“Had a lot of great experience on LSD. Like, random, weird stuff. I huffed video head cleaner.”

“There was this weird episode where I was drinking aluminum cleaner…and that would bring about some pretty disturbing incidents.” 

Steve-O went on In Depth With Graham Bensinger and recalled an incident where he nearly killed himself in a completely different way.

“I had this drug dealer, he lived very close by. I had him in my phone as his first name and then ‘Everything’ as a sort of last name [because] he said, ‘I got everything,.”

Apparently, this “Everything” guy was known to inject himself with cocaine (which, if you are for some reason thinking of doing this, you should never ever ever ever ever do) which would cause blood to spatter all over the room.

“Over at the table, where he would weigh out all of his drugs, there was a very noticeable residue of cocaine,” Steve-O said.

“I went over to the table to scrape up a pile of cocaine to snort it, but as I had sat down looking at it, there was, of course, blood had been squirted. You could see, like, the little tiny little blood splatter on the residue.”

He continued:

This is how desperate and pathetic my addiction was, that I sat there, like, knowingly scraping up this tainted, like, blood cocaine and I sat there and snorted it, which is so f—-d up.”

Steve-O later found out the dealer was HIV positive.

He says luckily, for some reason, he was spared contracting the virus.

Direct contact between mucus membranes or active blood flow with HIV positive blood has an estimated risk of transmission of 92.5%, which, compared to sexual intercourse among gay men, is over 91% higher.

Steve-O escaped HIV infection with an under 8% margin.

Although, considering some of the other stunts he has survived on Jackass (including putting a fish hook in his own mouth and dangling as shark bait, intentionally putting a Peruvian Box Jellyfish on himself to be mercilessly stung and lighting fireworks where the sun don’t shine), we suppose we shouldn’t be surprised.

But substance abuse can make you do things you would never do while sober due to the need for the drug as well as the loss of inhibitions.

While this particular incident was not intentional and the others were, it’s nice to hear Steve-O is now sober and doing better than ever before.


Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.