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Can I transmit hepatitis C by having sex?

Can I transmit hepatitis C by having sex?

Yes: One can catch hepatitis c when having sex with somebody infected with hepc. Transmission of the virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon. One can discuss with his/her doctor what precautions can be taken. ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more


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Is hepatitis C spread only by having sex?

Is hepatitis C spread only by having sex?

Also by blood: Hepatitis c is spread through blood and sexual contact. The practice of sharing needles common to drug users is also a method of spreading hepatitis c. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting Hepatitis C from having sex? What happens if you want to have a baby with someone with HEP C?

What are the chances of getting Hepatitis C from having sex? What happens if you want to have a baby with someone with HEP C?

Low: Yes, but the risk of transmission from sexual contact is believed to be low. The risk increases for those who have multiple sex partners, have a sexually transmitted disease, engage in rough sex, or are infected with HIV. More research is needed to better understand how and when Hepatitis C can be spread through sexual contact. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread through sexual intercourse?

Not impossible, but: It is not likely. It is, however highly contagious by acts that expose a person to contact with contaminated blood. Here's a cdc link on this very important topic. Thank you for asking. Good luck. http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Yes...maybe : Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...Read more

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What amount chance is there of catching hepatitis C through sex?

What amount chance is there of catching hepatitis C through sex?

Small: Usually less than 1%. The chances of sexual transmission increase if there is any trauma that leads to bleeding of the vagina or penis. ...Read more

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My ex husband just informed me that he has hepatitis C what are the chances I have it is it spread through blood or could it be spread through sex.

My ex husband just informed me that he has hepatitis C what are the chances I have it is it spread through blood or could it be spread through sex.

If in doubt get test: Sexual transmission of Hep C can occur but low .Overall incidence of HepC transmission by sex is about 0.07 percent per year with monogamous and heterosexual couples . transmission could happen due to exposure to personal hygiene items as tooth brush, razor etc ....Other factors increased risks : multiple sex partners, history IV drug users, STD and not using condom. When in doubt get tested. ...Read more

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How is the hepatitis C virus related to sex?

How is the hepatitis C virus related to sex?

Questionable: It was once thought that unprotected sex was a common means of transmitting the hepatitis c virus. More recent studies among couples with one infected and one infected partner have called this into question but in such a situation, barrier protection would still be wise. ...Read more

Sexual Intercourse (Definition)

Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more


Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more