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Can You Get Hepatitis A From Kissing
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 mischaracterized as an STD. (The frequency of HCV is no higher in the sex partners of infected people, if they don't also share drug injection equipment or otherwise have blood exposure.) There is no known risk via saliva or kissing. ...Read more
Yes, but remember...: One can catch hepa through kissing, but remember that hepa viruses are transmitted by a fecal-oral route. That means hepa hangs around one's anus, or wherever traces of poop might end up. So, to transmit hepa by kissing, some of the kissing probably has to be located "south of the belly button", or on unwashed hands. ...Read more
Less likely: though immunity can wane with time.Get a more detailed answer ›
Health care professi: Those in contact/ exposed to bodily fluids/ health care individuals/ active sports/ patient contact. ...Read more
Non-immune: If you've had close contact with someone with hepatitis a and you're not immune (either through vaccination or prior infection), you should receive Immune Globulin and start the vaccine series. Better yet, just get vaccinated so you won't ever have to worry about being exposed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I get hepatitis a from someone that says he does not have it, like a resident or intern from india?
If I had hepatitis a when young and get another hepatitis later, will my liver be able to handle it and heal?
It should: Hepatitis a is a self limited disease meaning that your liver was infected and cleared the virus without any long-lasting bad effects. A second liver virus should be infecting a healthy liver. That being said, acute hepatitis b or c can be very dangerous (more b then c). I actually worry more about the other scenario, a pt with hep b or c getting hep a later in life. These pts need vaccinations! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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