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Sexual Transmission of Hep C
Jan 12, 2005

How common is sexual transmission of hepatitis C in sex between men? Should an HIV-positive man who has unprotected anal sex with other HIV-positive men be worried about the risk of coinfection with Hep C? Please advise.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

YES, YES, YES! The data is emerging that HCV is a sexually transmitted disease among gay men. Anal sex is particularly risky and there is no vaccine for HCV. The only preventitive action you can take is to use condoms! In heterosexuals, vaginal sex does not appear to represent a risk for monogamous couples, but anal sex does represent a risk. Be careful and be safe! DTD

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