Transmission of HCV - Please answer!
Jun 24, 2012
I am interested in a man who is hep C positive, and has a high viral load. I have a few questions. I also have herpes type2, though am infected orally, if this makes any difference. ( I throw that out there because I've heard those with herpes are more prone to catching HCV)
1) What are the chances of catching this from kissing? Oral sex? Does the answer change if he has a cut in his mouth, but I don't? If I do but he doesn't?
2) What is the reason people with herpes are more likely to catch HCV (if with someone infected)?
3) He has sores on his body from the morphine (pain control) that makes him itchy. Some of them are not completely healed, but nor are they bleeding/oozing/wet neither. Should I worry about catching HCV from him from these sores? He told me his drs have told him he has to be actually, actively bleeding to infect someone and that sores that are not bleeding pose no risk. Is this true? Who's right?
4) Should I worry if he, for example, touches his arm where one of those non-bleeding sores are, then touches me? (particularly manual sex, where his fingers are then inside my vagina?) Is this a huge risk?
I'm really paranoid here. Please, please HELP!
Response from Dr. McGovern
HCV is transmitted by blood to blood exposure.
Hepatitis C is uncommonly transmitted sexually. However, men who have sex with men are at increased risk because of rectal trauma which increases the chance of blood to blood transmission. Safe sex decreases this risk .
Other routes you describe are not risk factors for catching HCV.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.