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Is it possible to get hepatitis b from medical needles

A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
At birth?: World-wide the commonest means of exposure is at birth.; bloody process, mother is a carrier of the virus (probably got it at birth from her mother), ... Read More

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Are you immune?: Hopefully you have been immunized against hepatitis B. If you haven't been, hope that Dad's reasonably fresh blood isn't on the needle. If it's a sewi ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV infectivity: Overall, the risk of transmission of hepatitis b in the per vaccine era was about 30%. Risk of acquiring HIV via needle is more like 0.3 %.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Potentially: If they have Hep B, yes. Hep B virus is very tolerant of the environment and has been known to cause infection my needle stick a year or more since i ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Perhaps: If you have not been immunized and there was blood on the needle, the risk can be as high as 30%.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Needle length: Hepatitis B is given as an intramuscular injection. Minimum needle length recommended for administering the Hepatitis B vaccine to a 130 lb adult is ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
HBV immunization: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination causes a positive test for hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb), but negative for several other HBV tests such as ... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
I : I added a link below from the center of disease control that may answer all of your questions in depth. To summarize: you can only catch hepatitis b ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
22 years experience Hepatology
Less likely: --risk is high if there is exchange of body fluids. Blood is the highest risk with saliva being the lowest.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
26 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: About 5% of the us population has a genetic background that makes them unable to respond to the hepatitis b vaccine. If you work in a high risk occupa ... Read More

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