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Can hepatitis b be transmitted through saliva?

Can hepatitis b be transmitted through saliva?

Hepatitis B risks: Hep B is very infectious. It's transmitted thru breaks in the skin or mucus membranes (nose, mouth, etc) by: ? Sexual contact with an infected person ? Direct contact with infected blood, even tiny amounts ? Sharing items, like toothbrushes, razors, syringes... ? Direct contact with open sores of an infected person ? At birth if the mother is infected. It's not thought to pass thru saliva-kissing ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can HIV or hepatitis C be transmitted by a toothbrush easily?

Can HIV or hepatitis C be transmitted by a toothbrush easily?

Not easily: Hiv would be very very unlikely. The virus dies quickly outside the body, elements in saliva provide protection from infection, you would have to have some sort of open wound, and there would have to be large # of viruses. Same is almost true for hep c except it doesn't die quite as quickly and it takes fewer viruses to infect. I do not know of any cases that have been transmitted by a toothbru. ...Read more

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Could hepatitis C virus be trasmitted through saliva?

Possible: With many cases of hepatitis c, the infected individuals cannot identify how they became infected. While most cases are believed to be due to risk factors involving contaminated blood, there are many unidentified modes of hepatitis c transmission. Salivary transmission is one potential explanation and it is very plausable as blood can easily be present in saliva. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be transmitted by a carrier's saliva, or is it only transmitted by blood or sexual contact?

Can hepatitis C be transmitted by a carrier's saliva, or is it only transmitted by blood or sexual contact?

Only by blood: Hepatitis c is usually transmitted by blood, including using an infected person's toothbrush or razor, or getting a tatoo using non-sterile instruments. Trans-nasal trassmission is also possible. Sexual transmission is controversial; possibly limited to rape or violent sexual acts where bleeding is encountered. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be contacted through kissing?

Can hepatitis C be contacted through kissing?

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. ...Read more

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Can hep c be transmitted through inhaling an infected person's sneeze?

Can hep c be transmitted through inhaling an infected person's sneeze?

No: Hep c is not very virulent, which means it's hard to transmit. Blood transfusion, unprotected sex with an infected person, IV drug use, dialysis, and mother-to-fetus are the only known ways to get it. You can kiss an infected person with no risk whatsoever. ...Read more

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Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can ?

Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can ?

That's the nature...: "That's the nature of the beast," as people say. It is just that way. Different germs have different ways of getting you. It depends on things like how well a germ survives in certain parts of one's body, how well they multiply there, how many there are, and then traits like how infectious or how contagious they are, how well our immune defenses are in various bodily parts, etc... ...Read more

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Does hep c be transmitted through scratches?

Does hep c be transmitted through scratches?

Potentially: Since hepatitis c is a blood-borne disease, it can get into your body via scratches so be careful. ...Read more

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Can hep b and hep c be transmitted sexually?

Can hep b and hep c be transmitted sexually?

Yes: Hepatitis b is very easy to transmit sexually. Hepatitis c is harder, but it happens. We are beginning to see cases of sexual transmission among gay men, probably from rough or inadequately lubricated anal sex or fisting, since some blood contact is usually required. ...Read more

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Can HIV or STDs be transferred by kissing?

Kissing disease: You can transmit the kissing disease better known as mononucleosis. You can also trasmit HIV only if both partners have cuts in their mouth and there is exchange of blood or infected fluids from bleeding gums or sores. Closed mouth kissing is fine. ...Read more

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Can HCV be spread by oral sex?

Can HCV be spread by oral sex?

No: Hcv is not easily transmitted sexually, and when it is, it's not through oral sex. We're seeing some sexual transmission among gay men, usually as a result of rough receptive anal sex where there may be abrasions and blood contact. It's uncommon among heterosexuals, and i've never heard of oral transmission. ...Read more

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Hcv experts only please. Can hepatitis C be transmitted through the digestive system?

Hcv experts only please. Can hepatitis C be transmitted through the digestive system?

What is the question: I am not sure what the question is. Hepatitis c cannot be transmitted by stool, vomit, or urine. However, if someone had cuts on the skin and came in contact with bloody stool that could be a risk. If someone is having unprotected sex via anal intercourse, that activity is risky for hepatitis c transmission due to small tears in the anal mucosa (thin tissue in that area). ...Read more

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Can hiv be transmitted by spit mixed with blood?

Can hiv be transmitted by spit mixed with blood?

What happened?: I'm assuming the setting was a fistfight. There's one case of hepatitis C transmitted during bloody fisticuffs. So far, I haven't heard of any confirmed transmission of HIV this way, or transmission of any very serious virus by bloody spit. Please do be careful, though -- you're almost a grown man now, and fighting can have more serious consequences than in the past. ...Read more

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Aside from blood, can hep c be transmitted through saliva and other body fluids?

Yes: Hep c is a readily transmitted disease. It can even be transmitted from contaminated objects. ...Read more

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Can oral gonorrhea be spread by kissing? Can it be spread by sharing a drink?

Can oral gonorrhea be spread by kissing? Can it be spread by sharing a drink?

Gonorrhea: Usually someone gets oral gonorrhea by performing oral sex on a male. It usually affects the back of the throat. I've never seen anyone get it from kissing or sharing a drink. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be transferred from tattooing?

Can hepatitis C be transferred from tattooing?

Not if you're smart: Today's professional inkers will show you the sterilized, plastic-sealed containers of ink, and the autoclaved tattoo needles, and break the seals on both as you watch. Do not settle for anything less. ...Read more

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Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more


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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more