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My husband has hepatitis c.

My husband has hepatitis c.  Can I contract hepatitis c by swallowing his semen
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310500 tn?1227304634
My guess is no, since it requires blood to blood contact.  I would also imagine even if you swallowed blood, that stomach acids would destroy the virus.  Not positive though about that.   You may want to get yourself checked though for other possible risks factors such as sharing razors, toothbrushes etc.

I'm sure others will contribute their imput.

Pam
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Avatar m tn
"Can I contract hepatitis c by swallowing his semen"
No, but you should probably wear eye protection :^)Pro.
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Only the bravest of the brave should reply to this.  LOL
Trinity
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man you are brave ......my wife doesnt have to worry about since she stopped doing those kinda things right after she said these two words  .......i do  which really means ,i think is i won't   lol   vince
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I don't think so. Don't do it again and get tested. I'm pretty sure your ok. I've been clear for 2 years now. My wife has not had any issues with contracting the virus. Trinity4 - you responded.....

Take care of your Husband and family -- it isn't an easy ordeal.

Good Luck
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217229 tn?1192766004
The chance are so very super slim...

He would have to have blood in his semen - and you would need to have an open wound where his infected blood mingled into your blood stream.

However - with that said ----

SPIT!!!!!

SPIT!!!!!

SPIT!!!!!!

ROFLMAO!

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That's a good question.

From a review/opinion article:
Assisted procreation in cases of hepatitis B, hepatitis C or human
immunodeficiency virus infection of the male partner
Honeck et al, Human Reproduction Vol.21, No.5 pp. 1117–1121, 2006

The risk for sexual transmission is higher for women than men, but in comparison with other viral infections, the risk is low. For HCV-discordant, monogamous couples,
the rate for seroconversion after 10 years is only 2.5% (Neumayr et al., 1999; Zylberberg et al., 1999). The risk of late sequelae though makes the use of condoms to protect the
healthy partner feasible (Valdivia et al., 2003)

In English, the pertinent parts of the article:
Virus is present in low amounts in semen
The rate of sexual transmission seems to be very low
Use condoms anyway.
If you wanna get pregnant, see the obgyn first for sperm wash.


If he is on treatment, ribavirin is also found in the semen. RIBAVIRIN can give your baby birth defects - probably better to hold off on swallowing if so.

Alcohol mouthwash like listerine after exposure  may give some protection.

Getting semen in the mouth can potentially be dangerous: the gums often have small cuts especially after vigourous toothbrushing.

In short: probably better off NOT getting semen in mouth or swallowing.



He is a lucky man to have a woman devoted enough to ask. Enjoy, both of you!
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217229 tn?1192766004
I still say SPIT SPIT SPIT!!!!

LOL!!!

Meki
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Before, after, or during?  LOL
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217229 tn?1192766004
All of the above. *GRIN*
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Ahhhh.... I love these posts.  A quick joke for you:

Q: If the dove is the bird of peace, what is the bird of love?
A: The swallow.

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217229 tn?1192766004
LMAO!

Oooh - I gotta tell hubby that one!

But I'm gonna wait until "just the right moment"....

Probably right after I spit.

EVIL GRIN...

Meki
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