There is currently no vaccine that protects against hepatitis C, although preventive measures can be taken to reduce the risk of contracting the disease. Unprotected vaginal and anal sex can lead to sexually transmitted infections, but does the same thing happen with oral sex?
Hepatitis C spreads by coming into contact with another person’s blood. If the infected blood of one person enters the bloodstream of the other, that person can become infected.
In general, the risk of transmitting hepatitis C during any type of sexual activity is low. Although it is very unlikely, infection during oral sex could occur if someone with hepatitis C has cracks and bleeding on the lips and, in turn, the partner or partner has an open wound.
Of course, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis C is not transmitted through kissing or saliva.
Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver
According to the World Health Organization(WHO), around 71 million people have chronic hepatitis C infections worldwide and just under 400,000 die every year from liver diseases related to hepatitis C.
There is no direct scientific evidence to show that hepatitis C is transmitted only orally. However, caution should be exercised whenever blood is present, as we could still become infected.
If any of our sexual partners have a break in the skin, there may be a risk of blood passing from one person to another.
Additional risk factors may include: menstruation, bleeding from the mouth or gums, an infection of the throat, cold sores, genital warts or herpes or damaged and cracked lips
E l risk of acquiring or transmitting hepatitis C from one person to another during oral sex is very low. This is particularly true in couples with monogamous relationships.
Knowing how hepatitis C is transferred from one person to another, as well as understanding safer sex practices, can further reduce the risk of infection.
-A person with an acute infection due to the hepatitis C virus
-A high viral load
-Individuals who have multiple sexual partners
-Do not use barrier protection, such as condoms, during sexual activity
Extreme sexual activities
-Have already a sexually transmitted infection or HIV
How is hepatitis C transmitted?
Although the transmission of hepatitis C through sexual contact is rare, there are many other ways that we can become infected.
In addition to sexual contact, we can also become infected with the hepatitis C virus through: injection of drugs, use of intranasal drugs or inhalation of drugs, unregulated or unhealthy tattoos and body piercings, having been born to a mother infected with the virus, share razors, toothbrushes and toilet scissors or when breastfeeding, only if the nipples are cracked or bleeding, it is not transmitted in breast milk.
A person with hepatitis C should always take extra precautions during sexual activity to limit the risk of transmitting the disease to another person.