Jump to navigation. Hepatitis C can be serious and, without appropriate treatment and care, can cause liver disease and liver cancer leading to death. Note — apart from condoms — other types of contraception such as the contraceptive pill offer no protection against sexually transmitted infections. Ask your healthcare professional if you need further advice on how to protect yourself and your partner s from HIV and other STIs.
Is Sex Safe If One Person Has Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C: How common is sexual transmission? - Mayo Clinic
Some of the content in this special section was created or selected by the Everyday Health editorial team and was funded by an advertising sponsor. The sponsor did not edit or influence the content but did suggest the general topic area. Additional content was created by or on behalf of the sponsor and was not reviewed by the Everyday Health editorial team. This content is labeled to show that the sponsor is the source e. We respect your privacy. Though certain sexual behaviors may increase the risk of hepatitis C, the virus is not typically sexually transmitted. Hepatitis C is always spread through blood-to-blood contact.
Global information and education on HIV and AIDS
The disease can be passed from person to person. As with many infections, HCV lives in blood and bodily fluids. It can also be transmitted by contact with bodily fluids including saliva or semen of an infected person, but this is rare.
Fortunately, there are several measures people can take to protect themselves from this potentially life-threatening disease. HCV is a blood-borne disease, that is, it is transmitted by blood-to-blood contact. Any activity that lets one person's blood or body fluids to come into contact with another person's blood or mucous membranes can potentially transmit HCV. However, some activities are much more likely than others to spread the virus. HCV can be transmitted by sharing equipment for injection and non-injection drugs for example, needles, cookers, cocaine straws, and crack pipes.