Print this page As long as you are aware of how to proceed safely, having Hepatitis C does not need to hinder your sex life. For many people, getting diagnosed with Hepatitis C is shocking — sending the mind swirling with a slew of possible implications. About Hepatitis C A blood-borne viral infection that targets the liver, Hepatitis C infects an estimated million people worldwide.
A majority of infections become chronic, a problem that can lead to advanced liver disease such as cirrhosis or liver cancer in those who are unable to rid themselves of the virus. Although the medications used to battle Hepatitis C have recently undergone drastic improvements, some individuals are either: As such, the possibility of transmitting Hepatitis C sexually has come under the microscope.
Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C It is possible to spread the Hepatitis C virus during sexual activity, but not probable. Experts estimate that for individuals in long-term monogamous relationships, there is less than a 3 percent chance of both partners having Hepatitis C. Other studies indicate that the risk of transmitting Hepatitis C in a long-term monogamous relationship is less than.
Based on this understanding, practitioners typically advise their Hepatitis C patients in long-term monogamous relationships that there is no need to change their sexual practices. However, not everyone with Hepatitis C is in a long-term monogamous relationship.
There are no reliable statistics describing the likelihood of transmitting this virus during casual sex, but there are several factors known to increase the risk. Thankfully, the odds of spreading Hepatitis C during sexual activity can be minimized by: Rough play is highly likely to create cuts, tears or abrasions that could pass the virus on.
This includes menstruation, bleeding gums, cuts, blisters or skin lesions on the genitals. Those with multiple sex partners are at a slightly greater risk of Hepatitis C transmission than those in an exclusive relationship.
Because the anal tissue is more vulnerable to injury than other areas, a condom should always be used for this type of activity. In addition, great care must be taken to be gentle and be sure there is plenty of lubrication.
Those in a long-term monogamous relationship may choose to use condoms and avoid the risky sexual activities described above for an even greater peace of mind.
There is no definitive answer on whether or not Hepatitis C can be transmitted sexually — but the risk is undoubtedly very low. So those with Hepatitis C can take a deep breath and relax, because this diagnosis does not have to mean the end of your sex life.