- Hepatitis C can live in blood, sperm, rectal fluid and poo particles (feces). Blood particles aren’t always visible.
- Hepatitis C can spread through the residue of lube from anal sex.
- The virus appears able to survive for up to six weeks at room temperature on steel, plastic and rubber, and in lube.
- As a top, you can transfer the virus from one bottom to the next without being aware of it.
- Wounds or damage to the mucous membrane can make it easier for hepatitis C to enter the body.
- Damage occurs quite easily during anal sex. STIs can also cause minor injuries or sores.
- Taking chems through the ass affects your mucous membranes, which makes hepatitis C transmission easier.
- Sharing drug-taking equipment also carries a risk of hepatitis C transmission.
Scientific research has identified a number of risk factors for the transmission of hepatitis C.Read more
Risk factors for hepatitis C
Dutch researchers did a study among HIV positive men with and without hepatitis C. From the results they were able to identify a number of significant risk factors connected to hepatitis C. According to the study, there’s a higher risk if
Dutch researchers identified these risk factors by asking HIV positive men (with and without hepatitis C) about their sex lives.
Note: these risk factors have been identified with the help of a long list of questions. However, the questions did not cover every single situation. For example, there were no questions about:
- sharing lube, or towels/sling/mattress with lube residue
- sharing anal douches
- group sex or sex parties
Scientifically speaking, we can’t say if these situations increase the risk of hepatitis C transmission, because the scientists didn’t ask about them. On the other hand, it is not inconceivable that these situations pose a risk of hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C can live in blood, sperm, rectal fluid and poo particles. Hepatitis C can spread through the residue of lube from anal sex.Read more
Contact with blood
Hepatitis C is transmitted through contact with blood, among other ways.
Blood particles in lube
If someone bleeds, you will probably not see that in the used lubricant. But the lube could contain tiny blood particles. This lube may then end up
Particles of dried blood
Hepatitis C differs from HIV because it can survive outside the body for quite a long time. When the virus is present in particles of dried blood, it seems able to survive for up to six weeks at room temperature on materials such as steel, plastic and rubber.
For example think of fuck benches and play sheets (plastic sheets for covering beds, sofas or mattresses during sex to protect against lube stains).
Or think of a sling. When we talk about the sling, we don’t mean just the sling mat. The virus may be present on the frame and chains as well, if these parts have been touched with lubed fingers during sex.
Studies show that hepatitis C can sometimes be present in sperm. The chance of this is greater in cases of recent infection. When having anal sex there is risk if you get sperm in or on your ass.
Some men with hepatitis C have the virus in their rectal fluid (intestinal mucus) and in their feces.
Could this mean rimming (= licking ass) is risky for the person who is rimming? No, so far there is no proof that hepatitis C could be transmitted this way.
Not in spit or urine
Hepatitis C is not present in spit or urine.
If you’re a bottom, you can get hepatitis C from another bottom during a sex party without having sex with him.Read more
A 'shared' top can transfer the virus to you from someone else via lube residue on his fingers, hands, forearms or cock.
So this is important to remember when you're the top. Without knowing it, you can become a "vector" (carrier) of the virus.
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Wounds, sores or other damage to the mucous membrane make it easier for hepatitis C to enter the body. Injuries can happen easily during anal sex. STIs can also cause minor damage or sores.Read more
It’s easier for hepatitis C to enter the body when the mucous membrane in your ass is damaged, which can occur during
Hepatitis C also enters the body more easily through wounds and sores caused by
The virus can survive for a long time on the tools you use to snort, smoke, booty bump or slam chems.Read more
Snorting, smoking and booty bumping
There is a risk of hepatitis C when you
If you slam (= inject drugs), you run the risk of transmitting viruses like hepatitis C when you share
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