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Infectious Diseases

Hepatitas C exposure

02/15/2005

Question:

My girlfriend`s previous partner has Hepatitas C. She has tested Negative for the virus for the past seven years. Since the incubation period seems to be 6 months or so, can I assume that she does NOT have the virus? Could she test negative seven times and still be a carrier? Is it safe to have intercourse with her? Thank you.

Answer:

You are correct in your assumptions. Seven years of negative tests should be reasonable. There are no absolute certainties, however, and assume no more recent risk exposure.

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Response by:

Gary   Roselle, MD Gary Roselle, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati