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Hepatitis C protective sex
Nov 27, 2005

My spouse recently has been diagnosed with Hep. C, (I also have been) and not A or B. We believe the contaminated came from a needle used for routine vaccination during his military career.Should we use precautionary measures, such as condoms during sexual intercourse?

Response from Dr. McGovern

If you are both infected with hepatitis C, then there may be no reason to use condoms. However, the only other thing I can think of is whether you have different "genotypes" of hepatitis C. If you do, then there is also the risk of acquisition of another "type" of hepatitis C.

However, the risk of transmission between monogamous couples is very low - about 1 to 3 percent.

Dr. M



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