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Hepatitas C exposure



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.


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