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Women and HCV - Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding (Version02_July 2011)

Women and HCV - Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding (Version02_July 2011)

  1. YIPMAN
    Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding

    Hepatitis C Support Project | HCSP • VERSION 2 • July 2011 [2 pages]
    a series of fact sheets written by experts in the field of liver

    Author: Lucinda K. Porter, RN

    Hepatitis C viral infection (HCV) is a medical problem that can be an emotional issue. It becomes even more emotional when we think that
    babies are at risk. The overall risk of mothers infecting their unborn is about 4 to 7%. This rate increases when women also have HIV. The
    rate may be higher for those women who have a higher viral load (a higher amount of virus in their blood).

    Pregnancy should not occur while a patient is being treated for HCV. Ribavirin, one of the drugs used for HCV treatment, has been linked
    to birth defects and miscarriages. There are strong warnings against this that apply both to female patients and female partners of male
    patients. Patients are told to use two reliable forms of birth control during HCV treatment and for 6 months after treatment has stopped.