• 8 months ago

    Water sports/Urine play and Hepatitis C

    I'm aware that this type of sexual activity carries high risk for Gonorrhea/Chlamydia/Herpes/etc and very low (almost non-existant) for HIV.

    But what about Hepatitis C? Considering no anal sex, just oral (man on man) and urine play (swallowing). How much of a risk does one one put themselves in for engaging in oral sex and water sports/urine play?

    and also.. according to US Department of Veteran affairs, virus particles (called HCV RNA) can be detected within 1-2 weeks. Does that mean if one get tested negative 3-4 weeks after potential exposure, that person is negative for Hep C?

    Thanks

Responses

  • 8 months ago

    RE: Water sports/Urine play and Hepatitis C

    Even assuming your partner is Hepatitis C positive, simply swallowing their urine would not transmit the virus to you. Like HIV, the virus for Hep C must be able to enter your bloodstream for transmission to occur. Simply swallowing urine (and this urine would need to contain the blood of a positive individual) would not transmit the virus to you.

    Gail
      • 8 months ago
        Thank you. What about the window period for testing? Would a negative result after 3 weeks be sufficient enough?
      • 8 months ago
        Yes; although not all labs can do this testing. Some rely on the standard antibody testing with the recommendation to undergo this at 3 months post possible exposure.

        Gail
      • 8 months ago
        Thank you
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Water sports/Urine play and Hepatitis C

    I'd stick to asking this question of your doc. In my experience, I think there is only a small risk, but lightening does strike occasionally :) Ask your doc or call the local public health office for a better answer. Large medical centers, like University of California in San Francisco, have lots of info online that is probably more specific to your question. A phone call to your doc or one of the med centers with more expertise is a good place to start. Interesting question and I would be interested in the answer. I know that UCSF has an STD clinic that might be able to help you