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How effective are condoms at stopping hepatitis transmission?

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Latex condoms may block at least 99% of viruses that cause hepatitis. But unless you and your partner have sex with no one else, the safest thing is to use a condom at every sexual encounter. Stick to plain condoms, as flavored or scented condoms may be more likely to fail. Don’t use an oil-based lubricant like petroleum jelly. It can degrade the latex condom.

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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