Safe Sex Guidelines for Hepatitis C


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If you have hepatitis C, you may worry about passing the infection to a sex partner. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s possible to spread the disease through sexual contact, although it’s not likely. But there are steps you can take to reduce the risk even further.

How Hepatitis C Is Spread During Sex

Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver. It can range in severity from a mild, short-lived illness to a serious, lifelong disease. The hepatitis C virus is spread primarily through contact with the blood of someone who’s infected. It’s still unclear whether the virus can live in saliva, semen, or vaginal secretions.

In the last few years, a lot has changed in the way we treat hepatitis C. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 23, 2015