The hepatitis C virus usually spreads through blood. The most common way that people get hepatitis C is through injection drug use, including sharing needles or syringes -- not through sex. But it's possible to get hepatitis C through sex.
You're more likely to get hepatitis C through sex if you or your partner have HIV or another sexually transmitted disease, have rough sex, or have more than one sex partner.
To lower your chances of getting hepatitis C through sex, avoid sex acts that could cause bleeding. These include using sex toys, having anal sex, and using drugs while having sex.
Also avoid having sex when you or your partner has your period or has genital sores.
Always use a condom if you're in a new relationship. Also, you're less likely to get hepatitis C if you have only one partner.
If you use sex toys that might break the skin, use a condom over the toy. Change the condom before someone else uses the toy.