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Can you get hepatitis b from kissing

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: You can get hepatitis b from having sex, but not just from kissing. Aren't you vaccinated already?

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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Stein
Vascular Surgery 39 years experience
The short answer is : unlikely but not impossible. Hepatitis B and C are usually spread through direct contact with infected blood or bodily secretion... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very unlikely: As long as you have an intact skin, an invasion of hepatitis b virus through it is very unlikely.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 23 years experience
Possibly: A definitely, but acute A injection has a brief incubation period so statistically not very likely. B is transmitted via blood or other infected bod... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Give partner vaccine: It is uncommon to pass hepb by kissing, but it is possible. So, a non-immune partner can get the vaccine (usually 3 shots) and be protected. Doctors u... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Unclear: Hep b is not by oral/fecal route transmission like hep a. The virus is present in the saliva but whether it can be transmitted by ingestion is unclear... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Hepatitis B infections are present throughout the world, but are more common in certain population groups. As many people travel worldwide, it is so i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Not that easy: Hepatitis b is very contagious - much more contagious than aids. That said, it is very unlikely to transmit it via kissing. To transmit it via oral ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Low risk: The hepatitis B virus probably can be transmitted by oral sex, but only very rarely. The chance of infection from a single oral sex exposure is infini... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 27 years experience
No: If you are having unprotected sex or using injection drugs with shared equipment in public bathrooms (or anywhere else) you will be at risk for gettin... Read More