Can somebody tell me the difference from an antigen and an antibody? I was told I have the antibody for hep B and can never get it or give it to someone else. Apparently, my immune system threw off the B virus (though not the C.)
This sounds like what happened to your b.f., Penney. If so, he will test postive for hep C and be considered to have chronic hepatitis C--but not active hep C. In which case, there is 0% chance of your contracting the disease from him. Even if he had chronic, active hep C, the chance of contracting the disease sexually is very minimal. It is usually advised to use safe sex practices anyway, but I have to say I never did. Neither my ex-husband nor my long-time b.f. were ever concerned about contracting the disease sexually, so I left the decision up to them, knowing the chances were extremely minimal. It has been 15 years since I was diagnosed and neither of them ever contracted the disease. Obviously, to be 100% safe, it's better to use condoms if a partner has active hep C, but it's really a personal decision. Also, if a female with active hep C has her period, sex should not be engaged in at that time.
Thanks for the replies, Cary and Toni. Cary, I always heard and was told that chronic hep C (tested positive, but not active) was not transmissible. Can you point me to a source that says otherwise? (Not that it would matter for me, since I'm active.)
Toni, I'm so glad to hear that Miss is getting her Hep B shots and will be getting back on BC pills!