There are many ways to siphon.
1. Fill the hose/cane with water/sanitizer and siphon. Cane is optional - ask Gordon or look for a recent thread.
2. Use a sanitized piece of plastic cane material in the cane/hose assembly. Exhale, suck on the plastic, stop the flow, remove plastic, and put the hose in receiving vessel. The beer and hose never get close to your mouth. I learned this trick from Jeff Renner.
3. Use a different suction device like a sanitized turkey baster or vacuum pump to start the flow.
4.You can also push the beer with CO2 and the SS cane and Carboy cap. A couple of GC memebers do this. I am doing this now as there is no lifting involved, and you can keep the beer under CO2, including the receiving vessel if purged.
5. You can use a carboy cap on the receiving vessel and start the siphon with a vacuum on the receiving vessel. I learned this from Mike O'Brien, who has posted on this forum.
There are always the threads on the internets about the autosiphon breaking or springing a leak. Maybe that is why I have never bought one?