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Can you get hepatitis C through sex?

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It's possible to spread hepatitis C during sex, but the risk is very low. If you have one long-term partner, you're less likely to spread the virus, but your lover should get tested.

If you have more than one partner, your chance for spreading hepatitis C is higher. It's a good idea to practice safe sex and always use latex condoms.

From: Healthy Habits With Hepatitis C WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hepatitis C."

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs : "Is it safe to take aspirin or Tylenol if I have Hepatitis C?" "Alcohol and Hepatitis: What you can do," "Can you pass Hepatitis C to a sex partner?"

UptoDate: "Patient information: Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)."

VA Hepatitis C Resource Centers: "Hepatitis C: An Introductory Guide for Patients."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis C."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on April 15, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hepatitis C."

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs : "Is it safe to take aspirin or Tylenol if I have Hepatitis C?" "Alcohol and Hepatitis: What you can do," "Can you pass Hepatitis C to a sex partner?"

UptoDate: "Patient information: Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)."

VA Hepatitis C Resource Centers: "Hepatitis C: An Introductory Guide for Patients."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis C."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on April 15, 2019

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