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Can you get hepatitis c from kissing

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Nope: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is only known to be transmitted by direct blood contact. Even intercourse doesn't do it, even though hep C is often mischaract... Read More

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
No : It does not transmit by kissing.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Herpes can be: Herpes is highly transmissible. If someone has a cold sore (herpes simplex type 1 usually) and they kiss someone, this infection can be transmitted. H... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Kissing does not transmit HIV or Hep c unless blood from the infected person enters a break in the skin or mucous membranes of the uninflected person.
A member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Highly unlikely: Hepatitis c is transmitted through blood or internal bodily fluids (sometimes) like semen or vaginal fluid. A kiss of any sort is unlikely to do that.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Usually yes: Hugging and kissing are not known to spread hepatitis C unless there is some wound that has some blood. Hepc viruses can be transmitted if there is so... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
After the kiss?: It is not a good idea to have an exchange of body fluids. A simple kiss may or may not be harmful, but are you sure you can stop at a simple kiss?
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
No: Hepatitis C is transmitted from person to person by exposure to blood or, less commonly, sexual intercourse - vaginal or rectal. If the staple was no... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Highly unlikely: Theoretically if you draw blood, you could. But this is very unlikely.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
No risk: It takes more intense blood exposure than this to transmit the hepatitis C virus. You are at little or no risk if you do not share drug injection equi... Read More