Is Hepatitis C a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

Amelia Grant By Amelia Grant, 8th Jun 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/33wk2gf-/
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How to prevent non-sexual infection? Take care of your personal hygiene. Remember: each one must have his own hygienic devices and either never give anyone yours, nor take someone else’s.

Is Hepatitis C a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

Hepatitis C is a heavy viral infection of the liver. Most of the people infected with it, don’t even know that the virus is already developing in their bodies because the disease is very tricky and often goes without symptoms at the beginning.

In most cases, the virus of hepatitis C gets into the human organism through the blood. It usually happens through poorly sterilized needles during medical manipulations or drug consumption. It can live there for weeks. It is also possible to get it through mucous surfaces if there are wounds, even if they are small.
Sexual transmission is also possible. It can get into the body during unprotected sexual intercourse. The riskier the sexual practices are (and, as the consequence, the risk of being injured is higher), the higher your chances of being infected. If you already have some other STD infection, the risk also increases.

There also exists a vertical way of infection – from the mother to her baby. If she has some other STDs, the risk is big. C-section reduces the risk of infection of the fetus in the process of labor. Hepatitis C virus does not develop immunity, so repeating infection stays possible.
How to prevent the infection during sex? The first rule is to use condoms, especially if you have a one-night stand with a person you barely know. Never use sex toys or lubricants that belong to someone else. If you practice group sex, change the condom with each new partner. This is how you reduce the chances of the sexual transmission of the virus.

How to prevent non-sexual infection? Take care of your personal hygiene. Remember: each one must have his own hygienic devices and either never give anyone yours, nor take someone else’s. The clinics, tattoo studios or other places where you undergo any manipulations involving blood must have a good reputation and excellent hygiene.

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