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How hepatitis C is passed on during sex

Roger Pebody

Hepatitis C can be passed on during sex that could lead to contact with small traces of blood.

Many gay men with HIV have picked up hepatitis C during sex. Some gay men have caught both HIV and hepatitis C around the same time.

During sex, you may have contact with drops or traces of blood without noticing.

Heterosexual people rarely pick up hepatitis C during sex.

Click here to see our illustrated leaflet giving basic information on how hepatitis C is passed on during sex.

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How hepatitis C is passed on during sex

Published February 2013

Last reviewed February 2013

Next review December 2015

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