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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: Hep C transfer?

 alias - Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:28 pm

Hi. I have a friend that is worried her boyfriend could have contracted hep c from her. She was born with it and just started to become sexually active. She was messing around with her boyfriend and I guess his fingering caused her to start bleeding but not a whole lot. he went down on her and she is afraid that there is a good chance he could have it now. (She didn't realize she was bleeding untill after he left) Is there a good chance that he could have gotten it? She didn't tell him she had it and if she knew she had started to bleed would have made him stop. What should she do? Thanks.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:04 pm

User avatar The greatest risk for spreading hepatitis C is through blood. Drug use (especially IV) is the most common mode of transmission. Sexual transmission is less likely. If the boyfriend had skin mostly intact, without small cuts, etc. he is safer for sure but there is always the possibility of microscopic cuts but exact risk for sexual contacts is unknown. This is because it is most readily spread from one person's blood to another person's blood - not just to the other person generally.

It would also be a risk if they shared razors or toothbrushes - something like that where actual blood to blood contact might be made. So, it is possible that in an intimate situation there could be more than one way of passing along the virus.

It can take between 2 weeks and 6 months for it to show up following exposure.

To reduce future risks, she should consider using condoms with every sexual encounter. They may not protect completely but should reduce the likelihood.
 alias - Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:01 pm

ok thanks. Do you think he should get checked or no and just be more careful? thanks

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