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Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C Very Rare in Monogamous Heterosexual Couples

March 27, 2013

Researchers in California conducted a cross-sectional study with 500 heterosexual, sexually active, monogamous couples in which one partner had chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The researchers recruited these participants between 2000 and 2003. Participants were required to have been in a monogamous sexual relationship for at least three years and to be currently sexually active. Injecting drug users and persons with hepatitis B infection or HIV coinfection were excluded, as were couples with the HCV-infected partner taking antiviral drugs.

The participants with HCV and their partners received HCV antibody and

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