Is hepatitis C a sexually transmitted disease?

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  • Hepatitis C is a viral infection that affects the liver. In rare cases, hepatitis C can be transmitted through sexual activity, but the risk is considered low, especially for monogamous couples. Sexual transmission requires contact with blood during sex, such as during rough sex or if one person has an open sore or wound. Most cases of hepatitis C have no symptoms and occurred due to contact with infected blood from needles shared during drug use.
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  • AAngela Lowery, DNP, Family Medicine, answered
    Hepatitis C is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. Sexual transmission is an uncommon way of being infected with Hepatitis C.
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  • ARoberto Posada, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease, answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health System
    Although Hepatitis C can be transmitted through sexual contact, the most common way of transmission is through exposure to contaminated needles during drug use.
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