Yes, one can get this virus through sex. The risk of getting hepatitis C through sex is low, but it is possible. Hepatitis C can transmitted via sex without a condom or through saliva by someone who has the virus, even if they don’t have any symptoms. Hepatitis C has been detected in semen and vaginal fluids, but infection via these routes is rare. Hepatitis C virus usually spreads through our blood system. The most common way this virus is contracted is from injecting drugs,especially when needles or syringes are shared.
Situations that increase your risk of getting hepatitis C through sex:
- If any or both partners have HIV or other STD’s.
- Having multiple sexual partners
- Indulging in rough sex that could cause tears or fissures
- Having anal sex
- Having sex while menstruating
To lower the chances of getting infected by someone who has Hepatitis C or infecting your partner, avoid sex acts that may cause bleeding. These include using toys, receiving anal sex, and using drugs while having sex.Don’t have sex when you or your partner has your period or has genital sores.
Early (Acute) Stages Of Hepatitis C
- One may have flu-like symptoms, tiredness, high temperature, aches and pains.
- You may lose your appetite.
- Abdominal pain.
- May have jaundice (i.e. your skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow).
People with early stages of this virus need no treatment, because their immune system may clear hepatitis C on its own. If you test positive during the acute stage, your doctor may ask you to come back after a few months to re-test and to see if you need any treatment.
Late (Chronic) Stages Of Hepatitis C
- Mental confusion also known as “brain fog” and depression.These are specific to hepatitis C.
- constantly tiredness.
- You may have nausea, vomiting or tummy (abdominal) pain.
- Dark urine.
- pale stool (poo).
- You may have itchy skin.
- Joint and muscle pain