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How can I make sure my partner is free of hepatitis before we have sex?

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There is no sure way to know if someone has hepatitis. Even people with advanced illness can look healthy. Experts recommend talking openly with your sex partners about hepatitis and other sexually transmitted infections.

Sometimes, yellow skin or eyes (a condition known as jaundice) can be a warning flag for hepatitis. Other symptoms can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, joint or abdominal pain, and clay-colored poop.

SOURCES:

Scott D. Holmberg, MD chief, epidemiology and surveillance branch, division of viral hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Joseph Lim, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Yale School of Medicine and director, Yale Viral Hepatitis Program.

Melissa Palmer, MD, clinical professor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine.

John W. Ward, MD, director, division of viral hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: “The ABCs of Hepatitis.” 

Avert.org: “Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, & Hepatitis C.” 

CDC: “Viral Hepatitis: Information for Gay and Bisexual Men.” 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Scott D. Holmberg, MD chief, epidemiology and surveillance branch, division of viral hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Joseph Lim, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Yale School of Medicine and director, Yale Viral Hepatitis Program.

Melissa Palmer, MD, clinical professor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine.

John W. Ward, MD, director, division of viral hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: “The ABCs of Hepatitis.” 

Avert.org: “Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, & Hepatitis C.” 

CDC: “Viral Hepatitis: Information for Gay and Bisexual Men.” 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 22, 2018

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