for Veterans and the Public
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it risky for a couple to try to have children if one of the partners has hepatitis C?
The risk of getting hepatitis C infection through sex is extremely low but not zero. If one partner has hepatitis C and the other doesn't, and the relationship is monogamous and long-term, there is only about a 1 in 200 chance each year that the uninfected partner will become infected. It doesn't matter whether the infected partner is the man or the woman.
However, if a person is HIV positive, he or she is at greater risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C through sex.