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hepatitis infections & anal sex

Nov 14, 2009

I am not Hep C pos., & have been vaccinated for Hep b. My partner & I recently had anal sex are we/me @ risk for hepatitis infections? we are in a relationship? Don't know his hepatitis b statis.

Response from Dr. McGovern

Anal sex with trauma can increase the risk of sexually acquired infections such as HIV and Hepatitis B. Hepatitis C risk also increases with traumatic sex (which causes blood to blood exposure), as has been documented in several outbreaks of acute HCV infection among men who have sex with men.

I certainly would check your hepatitis B vaccine status to be certain that you were immunized in the past. I always preach safe sex unless you are in a monogamous relationship and you have both been tested for STDs.

I fully suspect all will be well but my message is always a conservative one to keep you and your partner healthy!

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