Hep C and Marriage

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Rock50
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   Posted 3/12/2011 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I will be getting married soon and now wondering if I can infect my wife. How do I find out what the risk are? Thanks again.

hep93
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   Posted 3/12/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   

There are very small risks associated with passing on hep C through sex.  The greatest possibility would be having sex while your wife is on her period.  Remember that it is a blood-borne disease and has to be passed through blood to blood or to an opening or sore or cut, etc.  To be positive you won't pass it on, use condoms.  Speak to your doctor about this subject as he may have more or different information.

Congratulations and hugs,

Connie


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MamaLama
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   Posted 3/12/2011 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
 
There is very little likelyhood of transmitting Hep C via sexual contact.  I have been with Mike for 31 years and he was infected 40 years ago...sooo...
 
We have never used condoms.  Ever.
 
We do not, however,  share toothbrushes or razors. And we use the same sexual precautions one might if one had herpes...no touching parts if those parts have a sore or wound.
 
I keep surgical gloves at home in the event I need to don my nurse cap and perform first aid.  He doesn't mind. And he is pretty accident prone...the usual cuts and bruises. And changing dressings for this or that over the years.
 
I have been tested for Hep C every few years, and, so far, nothing.
 
Mama Lama

hepmom
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   Posted 3/12/2011 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hep C is not a STI.  There are no recomendations that you have to use condoms when in a relationship.

hep93
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   Posted 3/12/2011 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree, Hepmom.  However, I recommend it as an option for anyone who is overly concerned about the possibility of either spreading or contracting it...for peace of mind, basically.  I personally have never required that my partner use condoms in the 18 yrs. since my diagnosis.

Hugs,

Connie


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Rock50
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   Posted 3/12/2011 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone very helpful
Prostate Cancer, Removed by Da Vincie Robotic
in Aug. 2006 
Poorly Differentiated Adenocarcinoma involving Left and Right Lobes involving 80% of the Specimens
Gleason 4+4=8
Pathologic Stage T2C No Mx
Age at Diag. 51
1 year PSA .02
DES Stent Placement on 12/31/07

arneeb
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   Posted 3/12/2011 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I researched this issue quite thoroughly when I began my relationship with Mike...which was 7 years in length... I went to the Family Planning Clinic... just for information... I was told a person with Hep C who has one partner is at virtually no risk to pass it on.... UNLESS there is a situation where blood to blood transmission could take place... and I was advised about "rough" sex... etc... I was also told those with multiple partners had a higher statistical risk...based on the Family PLanning Clinic's statistics.. that's all I know about it...
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