And Now About Sex. That’s right, Sex

Okay, you have Hepatitis C. Regardless of how you got it, what matters is the safety of your loved ones. There are unknowns about bodily fluids and hepatitis C. So far, there is no proof that the virus has been transmitted through oral sex. The virus is not transmitted through casual contact such as hugging, sneezing or coughing. Hepatitis C is transmitted through contaminated blood.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data and guidelines:

Risks for Spreading Hepatitis C During Sex:

  • Multiple sex partners
  • Rough sex that causes bleeding
  • Having a sexually transmitted disease
  • Being infected with HIV

For Monogamous Long-Term Couples:

  • Transmission is rare: one out of 190,000 sexual encounters
  • You need not change sexual behavior
  • Partners should be tested once if you are hepatitis C positive
  • If either partner has an open genital sore or is menstruating, use a latex condom for extra precaution

For Other Individuals:

  • Be sure to tell partners that you have hepatitis C
  • Avoid rough sex
  • Get tested for HIV or other STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)
  • If either partner has an open genital sore or is menstruating, skip sex
  • Use a latex condom every time you have sex, always a good practice
  • Limit your number of sex partners

Now that you know and follow the CDC recommendations, relax and enjoy your sex life.

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