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Jul 22, 2006

I am contemplating a future with man who was intravenous drug user. I recently learned that he has Hep C and possibly Hep B. Does this mean that he will contract the HIV virus? What are the corelations between the two viruses?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Both hepatitis B and C viruses are transmitted well through injection drug use, especially HCV. HIV can also be transmitted through injection drug use but not as easily.

I would recommend HIV testing to your partner if he has not been tested. You will also want to know if he has active hepatitis C or hepatitis B infections. If his hepatitis B is chronic, then you should be vaccinated. If he has active HCV, then there is a risk of sexual transmission of about 1-3 percent.

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