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Hepatitis from Oral Sex
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Hepatitis from Oral Sex

Hello

3 months ago I had 2 instances of receiving unproteced blow jobs. Is there any real risk of getting Hepatitis (B or C) from this incident?

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To my knowledge, hepatitis B virus (HBV) has not been documented to be transmitted by fellatio.  Hepatitis C is sexually transmitted very rarely, if ever, either by genital or oral sex.

However, it is recommended that all sexually active people who change partners from time to time or who have multiple partners be immunized against HBV.  This is an especially high priority for gay men.

Good luck--  HHH, MD
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Hi, there is zero risk of Hepatitis C (this is blood bourne and not sexually tranmsitted).
There would be some risk of hepatitis B, but it depends on the the history of the people that gave you oral sex. I believe it is lower risk than penetrative sex and lower risk with heterosexuals than homosexuals.
I would get tested, but even if infected (pretty doubtful), between 90 and 95% of people rid the virus with no ongoinf consequences.
If you are going to have unprotecterd oral sex, I would recommend getting vaccinated against Hep B (it is a good thing to be protected against, especually if you have lots of unprotected sexual encounters.

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Hi I thought i would paste this info into your question from a HBV Website

How can I get hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is an infectious disease caused by a virus that is spread through blood.  Listed below are the most common ways hepatitis B is passed to others:

Direct contact with blood or infected bodily fluids
Unprotected sex with an infected partner
Shared or re-used needles (for example, sharing needles for illegal drugs or re-using needles that are not properly sterilized for acupuncture, tattoos, or ear/body piercing)
From an infected mother to her newborn baby during delivery

i was told by a health worker that to contract HBV there would have to be plenty of blood contact, you would have known if you could have been exposed but see what the doc says.
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if I test now, will the test results be conclusive??
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Yes, 3 months is plenty of time for tests to become positive.  But if you are infected, it will not be from the exposure you describe, but from some other exposure in your past.

HHH, MD
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