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sex and hep c
May 1, 2010

Hello, my boyfriend of a year tested pos for hep c antibodies. We never have rough or anal sex. But we don't use condoms. He is waiting for the rna to come back. Should I get tested by rna also. Is my risk low for sexual transmission?

Response from Dr. McGovern

The risk of sexual transmission is low but not zero. I would consider baseline testing for HCV antibody.

It is reassuring that you do not remember traumatic sex which does increase the risk. Sexual transmission of HCV has occurred mainly among men who have sex with men.

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