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Can you get hepatitis C from French kissing?

Can you get hepatitis C from French 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

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


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Does kissing transmit hepatitis a?

Does kissing transmit hepatitis a?

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

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Can hepatitis a be trasmitted through saliva (like kissing or sharing food/water)?

Can hepatitis a be trasmitted through saliva (like kissing or sharing food/water)?

Yes: Any contact with body fluids can transmit hepatitis a from one who carries the virus to another that does not have the virus. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis a from someone that does not know he has it?

Can I get hepatitis a from someone that does not know he has it?

Yes: Hepatitis a can be sub clinical so someone preparing food at that time can transmit infection. Indeed, the peak transmission time is prior to the onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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How should you know when to get an injection/shot (hepatitis a and b for example)?

How should you know when to get an injection/shot (hepatitis a and b for example)?

Health care professi: Those in contact/ exposed to bodily fluids/ health care individuals/ active sports/ patient contact. ...Read more

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Dated a military person briefly then got sick. Did she have to have hepatitis a for me to get it?

No: Hepatitis a is transmitted by the fecal oral route, often thru contaminated water. There is a highly effective vaccine available and if you are traveling to an area where sanitation is substandard would strongly suggest getting immunized. ...Read more

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Who should get pep after being exposed to hepatitis a?

Who should get pep after being exposed to hepatitis a?

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 more

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If I had hepatitis a when young and get another hepatitis later, will my liver be able to handle it and heal?

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 more

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
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