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Does unprotected anal intercourse cause Hepatitis C? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Apr-2014
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User:Hello, I recently just got a message stating that a former sexual partner has tested positive for Hep C. He just got a screening and a positive result appeared and he is currently in the process of getting another lab test to confirm this. I recently just got a full STD sweep in February, and tested negative for antibodies in the Hep C category. I am a homosexual male who had unprotected oral sex, yet protected anal sex with this partner. The last sexual contact I had with this person was in the beginning of January. Do I need to get another Hep C to ensure that I am negative? And if so, what are the chances that I do have Hep C?
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User:No problem.
Doctor:Unprotected anal intercourse can rarely cause Hepatitis C infection
Doctor:and the window period for Hepatitis C can be as long as 6 months
Doctor:It is reassuring that your tests turned out to be negative
Doctor:however it would be prudent to get yourself tested again after 6 months
Doctor:just to be on the safer side
Doctor:Hepatitis C is mostly transmitted by blood transfusions
Doctor:sexual transmission is not very common
User:Ok, I just began to stress all of a sudden considering that after getting the results, I did have unprotected anal sex (I was the top, I know that's TMI but necessary) about a week ago and I began to worry all of a sudden, would it be beneficial to me to make an appointment with my primary provider just in case?
Doctor:Maybe... you might feel more reassured talking to your PCP
Doctor:It would only be for your psychological relief
Doctor:I would advise you to relax, and get the test repeated after 6 months
Doctor:if that turns out to be negative, you can be 100% sure that you do not have any infection
Doctor:is there anything else that I can help you with?
User:It's as if you knew exactly what was stressing me right now, I remember him talking to me informing that Hep C is very rarely transmitted during intercourse, but I suddenly went on a panic therefore didn't know what to do. Thank you for your answer and I will be able to make a very quick appointment with my PCP tomorrow just to get any further information regarding my status.
User:I do not believe there are any other questions from me, thank you fro your time.
Doctor:thanks for consulting me
Doctor:hope I was of some help
Doctor:take care
User:You were, thank you for your help.
Doctor:and relax, you will be alright
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