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Infectious Diseases

Hepatitis C

03/12/2004

Question:

If pregnant mother has hepatitisC does the baby also gave it? And can you get it from the infant?

Answer:

Typically, hepatitis C is not transmitted from mother to infant during pregnancy. Depending upon which scientific studies you read, the likelihood of an infant getting hepatitis C from the mother during pregnancy is between 0 and 8%. Also, there is very little information about whether babies can get hepatitis C from mothers during breast feeding. The typical means by which hepatitis C is transmitted include from sharing needles (injection drug use, tattooing, etc.), exposure to multiple sexual partners, and blood transfusions. Because of this, it would be highly unusual for a baby to transmit hepatitis C to a mother. 

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Response by:

Stephen   Kralovic, MD Stephen Kralovic, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati