People who have hepatitis C worry about spreading it to their partner through sex, while it is not very likely there is still a small possibility that you could spread it by sex. It is best to be open and honest with your partner(s).

 

So let’s talk about sex and hepatitis c

 

Can You Pass The Virus To Your Sexual Partner?

 

Yes but it is very unlikely. It is more like that hepatitis b and HIV will be contracted through sex than hepatitis c.   If you are in a long term monogamous relationship you have less chance of spreading the virus, however if one of you have it, then the other should get tested and if you are still concerned about spreading it to your partner the use condoms to lower the chances.  If you have multiple partners, reduce your risk by using condoms and having less partners. Safe sex should always be practiced between single people no matter what.

 

Can You Spread It Through Oral Or Anal Sex?

 

There is no definitive proof that it can be spread through oral sex. Anal sex may tear the rectum, which raises the risk of spreading it through blood transfer. Using condoms will greatly lower your risk to hepatitis c as well as other sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, chlamydia, HPV, PID, or hepatitis b.

 

Can You Spread The Virus Through Saliva Or Secretions As Well As Blood?

 

No one knows for certain but some tests have shown that the virus may live in your saliva, vaginal or semen secretions.  We do not know for sure if the virus can be spread through these secretions or saliva to your partner because we do not know how much of it lives in those fluids.

 

Are You More Likely To Spread The Virus With Higher Levels Of The Virus In Your Blood?

 

Some studies show that it might be easier to spread the virus if you have larger amounts of it in your blood but even with high levels of the virus you are not very likely to spread it through sex.

 

Does Birth Control Stop The Spread Of Hepatitis C Virus?

 

First there are several types of birth control available so let’s state now that the only one that will help reduce the risk of spreading viruses like hepatitis c, hepatitis b, and other sexually transmitted diseases is a condom.

 

What Are The Risks Of Pregnant Women Spreading The Virus To Her Baby?

 

There is a 5% chance that the mother will spread the virus to her baby if she already has hepatitis c or contracts it at some point in the pregnancy.

 

Should You Use Condoms If You Are On Combination Treatment?

 

The answer to that is YES because ribavirin can cause birth defects. It is always best to use two forms of birth control but especially if you take ribavirin one being a condom, the other birth control pill, or iud (Intrauterine Device).

 

How To Reduce The Risk Of Spreading The Virus Through Sex

 

  • Have a long term monogamous relationship or less partners
  • Use condoms
  • Abstinence