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May 24, 2008

My boyfriend told me after we had been having sex for 3 months that he has been hep. c positive for years. He got it from drug use. How long does it take to show up in blood test? I found out from him approx. 1 month ago. How soon can I get tested???

Response from Dr. McGovern

Sexual transmission of HCV can occur although much less likely than through injection drug use. It will be important to get a baseline test however. Sexual transmission is associated with traumatic anal sex and the presence of other STDs.

I would also check you surface antibodies for HBV and get vaccinated if not protected. You will also want to discuss HIV testing which is now recommended by the CDC as part of routine medical care.

Very worried mother - does my child need to be tested?

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