6 Facts About Sex and Hepatitis C

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The risk of hepatitis C from sex is low

It is extremely rare to spread hepatitis C (HCV) among sexually monogamous couples. But other sexual practices can increase your risk.


Having multiple partners increases risk

Decrease the number of people you have sex with, or have sex with only one person to reduce your risk. In addition, use a latex condom when you have sex.


Having sexually transmitted diseases raises risk

Having any type of sexually transmitted disease increases your risk for hepatitis C, particularly if a person has HIV. About one-third of all Americans infected with HIV also have hepatitis C.


Rough sex increases risk

Having rough sex or engaging in sexual activity that may cause bleeding increases risk for hepatitis C transmission.


Avoid sex during menstrual periods

Because hepatitis C is spread through contact with infected blood, it includes menstrual blood. Try to avoid sex during this time or be sure to use a latex condom.


Don’t have sex with open sores on genitals

Having an open sore on the genitals also increases risk of hepatitis C transmission. If either you or your partner has an open sore, avoid sex or use a latex condom.