Does menstruation affect HCV sexual transmission risk?
Apr 1, 2006
You recently answered a question from a lesbian with hepatitis who wanted to know if it was safe for her to have sex with her partner. I was surprised that your response did not mention the presence of menstrual blood during sexual activity as a potential transmission risk factor. What gives?
Response from Dr. McGovern
Blood from menses infected with hepatitis B or C would still have to get into the bloodstream of the recipient to transmit infection.
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