|Risk of catching HCV from fisting
Jan 3, 2005
As an active (insertive) partner in gay anal fisting, i want to understand the risks of catching HCV if I do not use gloves. There seems to be risk from anecdotal evidence. If the passive partner is HCV +ve, and there is trauma (80% of the time there is visable blood), what are my risks, given i have no visable/noticlble abbrasions or cuts on my hands and i dont use gloves. Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
Anytime there is blood involved there is some risk of HCV transmission. However using gloves is obviously going to reduce that risk. I have not seen any cases transmitted this way, but cuts on your hand will clearly increase your risk as well as that of your partner if you are positive. Stay safe! DTD
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