Q. I had unprotected sex with someone I had just met. For the most part it was all oral, but we had intercourse for maybe 10-15 minutes. He did not come close to finishing though. I found out a few days later from one of his friends that he is Hep C positive. I know he didn’t have any open wounds nor do i, so is it possible I have come into contact with it?
A. Hepatitis C is spread through contact with blood. If there was no signs of sores or open bleeding your risk is minimal. There is the potential for small abrasions that you may not see. If you are concerned you should talk to your health care provider about getting a baseline anti HCV (antibody to hep C virus) and repeating the test up 4-10 weeks later and this is how long it may take to turn positive If you develop any signs of Hep C, i.e. fever, fatigue, change in urine/stool, join pain you should see your health care provider. Also remember use of condoms will protect you from exposure to STI’s including Hepatitis C .
If you would like to discuss further and do not have a primary care provider please contact Corner health to set up an appointment.