No Interventions Proven to Reduce Mother-to-child Transmission of Hepatitis C

Posted By News On November 26, 2012 - 10:30pm

Researchers have found no clear proof that any intervention reduces the risk for mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. More than 40,000 children are born to HCV-positive women each year.

Up to 10 percent of those children are HCV-positive due to maternal transmission. Researchers reviewed published evidence on mode of delivery, labor management strategies, and breastfeeding practices to determine their effect on risk of mother-to-infant transmission of HCV. The researchers found no clear evidence that any of the interventions reduce the risk of transmission.

There was limited evidence that prolonged rupture of membranes could increase risk of mother-to-child transmission, suggesting that physicians should avoid prolonged rupture of membranes in women with HCV infection. The researchers found that avoidance of breastfeeding is not warranted to reduce risk of vertical transmission.

I am a mother of 2 girls now 18 and 20 . I had Hepatitis C A1 . I was treated 2 years ago with Interferon and Ribavirin for 49 weeks . I am at a 0 viral load and the Virus is no longer detectable in my body . I must have carried the Virus for almost 30 years I will be 50 this year . My greatest concern are my children .Did they contract the disease in the birth canal ? No ... I also had major complications with the birth of my 1st daughter in 1992 . My second was born in 1994 no complications . Neither one contracted the disease thru birth . I did breast feed both children for about 3 months . They have been tested 2 times and have no trace of the virus .Also prior to me knowing we had often shared razors , and have bandaged each other . They still had not contacted the virus . I thought you should know . From the Hepatitis communities on the net world wide there are very few known cases of contract thru the birth canal .

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