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I happened upon this topic on healthboards and decided to "take a peek". I think I can help give some insight. I am married to a man who has been chronic active for the past 20+ years. He's now completed his SECOND Interferon & Ribavirin treatment. We have been married for almost 10 years now. I have had unprotected sex with him always. I get tested every 3 years just to stay on top of things and maybe one step ahead. We've had 2 of his doctors tell us that, if you are monogomous, you are will not transmit the virus. If you have more than one sexual partner at a time, you stand a much higher chance of transmitting it to both partners. We make sure not to share razors, etc. If he cuts himself, he helps himself until the blood is under control. Then I help him dress it. I make sure I have no open cuts on my hands before getting involved, too. Latex gloves are a necessity in our household. You can live with someone who has Hep C and not be afraid. Just face it head on and know what it's all about.

I hope your situation turns out well for you. I'm sure it will. You said you were monogomous with her during your dating. That is a PLUS for you now.
Good Luck.
[QUOTE=Phyd66]I happened upon this topic on healthboards and decided to "take a peek". I think I can help give some insight. I am married to a man who has been chronic active for the past 20+ years. He's now completed his SECOND Interferon & Ribavirin treatment. We have been married for almost 10 years now. I have had unprotected sex with him always. I get tested every 3 years just to stay on top of things and maybe one step ahead. We've had 2 of his doctors tell us that, if you are monogomous, you are will not transmit the virus. If you have more than one sexual partner at a time, you stand a much higher chance of transmitting it to both partners. We make sure not to share razors, etc. If he cuts himself, he helps himself until the blood is under control. Then I help him dress it. I make sure I have no open cuts on my hands before getting involved, too. Latex gloves are a necessity in our household. You can live with someone who has Hep C and not be afraid. Just face it head on and know what it's all about.

I hope your situation turns out well for you. I'm sure it will. You said you were monogomous with her during your dating. That is a PLUS for you now.
Good Luck.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for sharing your experience and insight. Unfortunately, monogamy is no guarantee. The chance of transmission is always either zero or 100% in any single situation.



However, after a successful course of treatment, transmission risk is reduced significantly if not totally. Sexual transmission is corollated with viral load. Also, in studies, the longer a monogamous couple were together, the higher the chances of a transmission. Now, this could be due to inevitability in some cases, but also that viral load tends to increase over time. I don't know that we know all the answers. I certainly do not.

Maybe I am reading your post incorrectly, but I have never seen latex gloves suggested for prevention of sexual transmission.

Lastly, female partners of men undergoing treatment might consider using condoms during the treatment and for six months therafter. If the treatment can kill a developing fetus, it probably isn't that good for a woman's body, either.

welcome to the board,

thanbey





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