1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.

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

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

    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.