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sexual or oral transmission by hep c
May 16, 2005

I have recently met a woman with hep c and was curious about transmission of the hep c virus through sexual intercourse or by kissing and or oral sex? Please advise. Thanks

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Good question! In an Italian study of about 900 hetersexual married couples over ten years there was no sexual transmission of HCV. It is not really a sexually transmitted disease. You should not share razors and toothbruses where blood to blood transmission may occur. Among men who have sex with men it does seem to be transmitted sexually. Therefore we also caution heterosexual couples not to have unprotected anal intercourse. So go ahead have fun, but be careful! DTD

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