|Partner HCV+ I am now pregnant w/HCV antibodies
Jan 12, 2003
My husband is Hep C positive and we have been together for 6 years. I have repetedly tested HCV neg and give blood 3 times a year due to my B- type. When we wanted to have a child our Dr.s said it was okay to go ahead due to low sexual transmission odds. I am now 4 months pregnant and my blood work has just come back with Hep C antibodies. I am now being told I am high risk pregnancy and my unborn child is in danger, I am very frightenend. My Dr. is now referring me to a Perinatal and has ordered a series of tests including a Virus load. Does this mean I am now Hep C positive and what is this going to do to my baby? I'm so upset, how this could have happened? All Dr.s told me Sexual Transmission was not a worry when monogomous. Now that I have tested for these antibodies, we are being told to use condoms and if we don't we are threatening the life of our unborn child. Have I selfishly infected our unborn child and put us both in danger by having unprotected sex with my own husband?
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
It is very possible that pregnancy has caused you to have a false positive HCV antibody test. The viral load is the key to this. If you have virus then you do have HCV. The risk to the baby is about 5% for transmission only. That is very low and when babies do get it, it does not seem to be a severe illness. If the virus is negative then you have nothing to worry about. I do not see the need to use condoms now unless your husband has another sexually transmitted disease. Good luck! Either way it is not a tragedy, but I would guess that the virus will be negative. DTD
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