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Feb 10, 2011

Hi thank for all your info on the site.I was wondering how exactly you can get hep c from anal reception?Is it only if the semen enters you thru the anus?Or can you get it from rimming thru the saliva? Thank you

Response from Dr. McGovern

Mainly it is thought that anal intercourse with a HCV positive person can lead to transmission to the HCV negative partner through tearing of the rectal mucosa (eg lining of the rectum). HCV transmission occurs when there are tears in the rectal mucosa and in the penis that lead to bleeding in both persons....There is also some information to show that HCV can be found in semen as HCV could potentially be transmitted from semen to blood.

HCV transmission can also be facilitated by having a genital ulcer that breaks the skin (like a syphilis ulcer on the penis). If this ulcer is exposed to blood, transmission can occur.

Hope this is helpful.

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