The risk of getting hep C through sex is so low that it is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Blood-to-blood contact during sex

Blood-to-blood contact is where the blood of one person gets into the blood stream of another person. If there is a low risk of blood-to-blood contact during sex, there is also a low risk of hep C being transmitted.

If blood-to-blood contact happens during sex, hep C might be transmitted. To avoid this, use condoms, dams, or gloves:

  • when you, or your partner, have cuts or lesions around the genitals (e.g. herpes or other STI’s)
  • during anal sex (because the anus lining is easily damaged and broken)
  • during menstruation (periods) and during sexual practices that may involve trauma, bleeding or broken skin.

Did you know that if you are unsure of a sex partner’s sexual health status or where you or your partner have multiple sexual partners, you should adopt safer sex practices to help prevent STI’s like herpes or syphilis being transmitted from one person to another?

Also, click here to see our Detailed hep C information page >> 

Did you know about the risks for men who have sex with men? Click here to see more >>

This page last updated 10 Jan 2018

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