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Can you get hepatitis C from French kissing?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Nope

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is only known to be transmitted by direct blood contact.
Even intercourse doesn't do it, even though hep C is often mischaracterized as an STD. (The frequency of HCV is no higher in the sex partners of infected people, if they don't also share drug injection equipment or otherwise have blood exposure.) There is no known risk via saliva or kissing.

In brief: Nope

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is only known to be transmitted by direct blood contact.
Even intercourse doesn't do it, even though hep C is often mischaracterized as an STD. (The frequency of HCV is no higher in the sex partners of infected people, if they don't also share drug injection equipment or otherwise have blood exposure.) There is no known risk via saliva or kissing.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
The only proved situation when hep C is an STD is for men having sex with men who participate in potentially traumatic (bloody) anal sex practices. Even here, it's mostly limited to MSM who already have HIV.