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Concerned about contracting the disease via oral sex.
Dear Dr. Chung,
My husband is a heppie and is recieving peg/rebetol therepy for 2 mths now. I - his wife, am concerned about contracting the disease via oral sex. I realize that this a blood to blood disease but isn't the probability of cross infection more possible during an active sex life? Also,the concern extends to the risk of side effects due to the medicine that supposedly, in 99% of cases can cause birth defects in unborn children. If the medicine can be so potent to cause such a risk -wouldn't it be likely for the contaminated semen to somehow harm me? Have studies been done to prove your answers so as to put my mind at ease?
  Dr Chung Writes-  
The risk of transmission of HCV with oral sex is likely comparable to that of sexual transmission generally and is therefore under 5% over a prolonged period of time.
  Dr. Chung      
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