Hepatitis C is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus called the Hepatitis C Virus.
While some people with Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms, you may develop it if you have ever had the virus. The Hepatitis C virus is transmitted through many different means.
Levels of Hepatitis C
Symptoms of Hepatitis C are usually self-limiting. But severe cases—including advanced liver damage and even death —may occur with prolonged use. Hard or long-term use of contaminated products can increase the risk of this complication, especially if done while pregnant.
Causes and Prevention
Certain materials commonly found in sex toys are easy carriers of Hepatitis C. Torn condoms, or just those made out of PVC material are another type of common object that can become infected with the Hepatitis C virus. And as soon as any of these objects gets into contact with, your chances of getting infected yourself go up in an instant!
With this in mind, sex toys should not be inserted into the body (in any orifice) unless the proper safety considerations are followed. With proper cleaning and maintenance, you can greatly reduce the risk of infection.
When it comes to condoms, consumers should use condoms with multiple layers of condom packaging to protect against contamination. In addition, using a condom on your sex toys themselves is a further preventive measure in case there is still any lingering contamination on the toy itself, something that is much more common with porous surfaces in particular.
If you think you have Hepatitis C or another STI, consider getting tested. This may be the first sign of something truly serious and thus it is important to get yourself diagnosed as soon as possible.
Also, ask your partner’s doctors about condoms and how they can be used as a preventive measure. Lastly, note that screening for Hepatitis C is available without a prescription.