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Can Hep C be trans to the fetus if the father is the one

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Can Hep C be trans to the fetus if the father is the one that is positive for the virus?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrOAB replied 8 years ago.


Yes, it is possible if the father transmitted the hepatitis C virus to the mother and the baby contracted it from her (perhaps via placental hemorrhage with blood mixing or during delivery).

Hepatitis C is known to be spread in the following ways: contact with contaminated blood (e.g., accidental blood exposure in a clinical setting; transfusion or organ transplant, especially before 1992); contaminated needles (e.g., IV drug use, tattooing, body piercing; some concern with razors); mother-to-infant transmission during childbirth; sexual intercourse (this is rare though).

Research is ongoing about possible hepatitis C transmission through saliva (e.g., kissing or sharing a toothbrush). Such transmission is thought unlikely, but possible if the person with the virus has a viral load over one million and both persons involved have gum disease.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
what if the virus has not been transmitted to the mother?
Expert:  DrOAB replied 8 years ago.


I reviewed a study regarding detection of hepatitis C virus RNA (viral reproductive material) in raw (untreated) semen and in the centrifuge-separated seminal fluid as well as the sperm cell pellet. It may be possible that the sperm cells themselves can transmit the hepatitis C virus directly to the ovum (female egg cell) and hence the fetus.

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