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My husband has hepatitis C. Should I stop having sex with him for fear that I might get it too?

By Anonymous November 14, 2011 - 9:11am
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post.

Hepatitis C can be transmitted through sex so the very least needed is a condom - even then there is a small risk.

Here is more information for you:

HCV is carried in the blood of people infected with the virus. It is most often spread through contact with infected blood, such as:

  • Injecting illicit drugs with shared needles
  • Receiving HCV-infected blood transfusions (before 1992) or blood clotting products (before 1987)
  • Receiving an HCV-infected organ transplant
  • Receiving long-term kidney dialysis treatment (machine can be tainted with HCV-infected blood)
  • Sharing toothbrushes, razors, nail clippers, or other personal hygiene items that have HCV-infected blood on them
  • Being accidentally stuck by an HCV-infected needle—a concern for healthcare workers
  • Frequent contact with HCV-infected people—a concern for healthcare workers
  • Receiving a tattoo, body piercing, or acupuncture with unsterilized or improperly sterilized equipment

Hepatitis C can also spread through:

  • An HCV-infected mother to her baby at the time of birth
  • Sexual contact with someone infected with HCV
  • Sharing a straw or inhalation tube when inhaling drugs with someone infected by HCV
  • Receiving a blood transfusion

HCV cannot spread through:

  • The air
  • Unbroken skin
  • Casual social contact
  • Breastfeeding

For lots more, click here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/hepatitis-c

I hope this helps and thank you for writing,


November 14, 2011 - 10:27am
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