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Dr. Anne Larson
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A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily ...Read more


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Can I get hepatitis b from being kissed on my cheek?

Can I get hepatitis b from being kissed on my cheek?

Very unlikely: As long as you have an intact skin, an invasion of hepatitis b virus through it is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can french kissing transmit hepatitis b, c or a?

Kissing & Hepatitis: No. Not in any way would this be a risk for any of these three Hepatitis Viruses. Hepatitis A is ingested from food or infected stool. It is not transmitted from saliva. Hepatitis B and C are specifically transmitted from blood not saliva. ...Read more

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Can I kiss someone on the mouth without giving them hepatitis b?

Can I kiss someone on the mouth without giving them hepatitis b?

Give partner vaccine: It is uncommon to pass hepb by kissing, but it is possible. So, a non-immune partner can get the vaccine (usually 3 shots) and be protected. Doctors usually check the blood for antibodies before and after vaccination. Hepb is in the blood. If both partners have some cracks or scrapes on the lips or inside the mouth, any canker sores, or any bleeding gums, then hepb can be passed. ...Read more

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Did hepatitis b infect another person through mouth kissing, ? If the other is a chronic carrier. I'm confused as IG mucous contains this virus or not

Did hepatitis b infect another person through mouth kissing, ? If the other is a chronic carrier. I'm confused as IG mucous contains this virus or not

Unclear: Hep b is not by oral/fecal route transmission like hep a. The virus is present in the saliva but whether it can be transmitted by ingestion is unclear. It can be transmitted if there are open areas or sores in the mouth while deep kissing, like in those with braces. ...Read more

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DRS, I have chronic hepatitis b since 5 years. Can I infect someone by lip kissing or sexual intercourse?

DRS, I have chronic hepatitis b since 5 years. Can I infect someone by lip kissing or sexual intercourse?

Yes: Hepatitis B infections are present throughout the world, but are more common in certain population groups. As many people travel worldwide, it is so important that every person gets vaccinated against Hep B. That means every person, with rare exceptions. The key is getting to know one's friend well enough to talk about these things before kissing (avoids transmitting Hep B and then apologizing). ...Read more

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How easy is it to transmit hepatitus b, kissing? Recieving oral sex?

How easy is it to transmit hepatitus b, kissing? Recieving oral sex?

Blood contact: Hepatitis b is transmitted by blood contact. It would be virtually impossible to transmit by kissing unless both had open, bleeding or draining sores in your mouths. The hepatitis b virus is present in semen and can theoretically be transmitted by oral sex but the probability is quite low. ...Read more

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Can you get hepatitis b and c from public bathrooms?

Can you get hepatitis b and c from public bathrooms?

No: If you are having unprotected sex or using injection drugs with shared equipment in public bathrooms (or anywhere else) you will be at risk for getting hepatitis b or c. Just using public facilities will not transmit either virus. ...Read more

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How do you get hepatitis b, it only by sexual contact or can there be other ways?

Two ways: Hepatitis b is spread via sexual contact or via exposure to contaminated blood (such as IV drug use with shared needles, tattoos done in a non-sterile fashion). ...Read more

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Please explain what does it mean when you get hepatitis b (all 3 series) vaccine but titer still shows no immunity?

Please explain what does it mean when you get hepatitis b (all 3 series) vaccine but titer still shows no immunity?

Not immune: Some people don't get immune after getting the vaccine.
You may need to get repeat vaccination, but some people just don't build the antibodies for protection. ...Read more

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What will happen if you get hepatitis b vaccine after having a blood transfusing from back sugery years ago?

Nothing specific: If you were exposed to hepatitis through the transfusion, the vaccine would not treat it or hurt you. The vaccine is just a method of teaching your body to develop antibodies to hep b to protect you from future exposures. ...Read more

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Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

Depends: If you have never had the disease and want to avoid it get the vaccine. If you have had it, the vaccine would be of no benefit. If you have a low risk lifestyle and don't care if you get it, don't. Unfortunately, this is one disease that can be passed sexually, along with other insidious ways, and could result in severe illness or death. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis b even if I am vaccinated?

Can I get hepatitis b even if I am vaccinated?

Yes: Nothing is 100%. Hepatitis b is a bad disease and we hope if you do get it after the vaccine that it will be a much milder case. I have not had a patient with hepatitis b who has had the vaccine, nor have any patients that I have given the vaccine caught hepatitis b, that I know of.
I have practiced in the same community for 41 years. ...Read more

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What probabilty do I have to get hepatitis b if I am vaccinated?

What probabilty do I have to get hepatitis b if I am vaccinated?

Fairly low: If you are vaccinated and you have positive titers, you will be immune to hepatitis b. That being said, there is a rare chance (increased if you are older or immunocompromised) that the immunization won't "stick". If you are in a high risk situation, I would get your titers checked. ...Read more

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Can you get infected with hepatitis b if you have Hbsab >25 iu/l?

Incomplete Data: You have not provided enough test data or medical history. If you are immune to Hepatitis B before and exposure then you cannot get infected with Hepatitis B. But, if you are infected then your HBsab will be positive as well as the HBsag test. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a man suffering from hepatitis b get married?

Yes, If his bride has: No objection. About 80% of the adults do recover spontaenously from hep b. If the person is not acutely ill from hepatitis, and his potential wife has no objection, there is no reason why the person could not get married. The man's potential wife should get vaccinated for hep b. ...Read more

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Can my kids get hepatitis B even though they have been vaccinated for it?

Can my kids get hepatitis B even though they have been vaccinated for it?

Risk is low: After the series of 3 vaccines to complete hepatitis B vaccination the chances of getting hepatitis B is low. However no vaccine is 100% effective. Therefore if worried u shd have them checked for anti HBs antibodies and if they are positive for those then u know with certainty that they have the immunity for hepatitis B. ...Read more

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Can a person with hepatitis b get married and have a child just like normal people?

Can a person with hepatitis b get married and have a child just like normal people?

Yes: A person with hepatitis b is still normal, but there are concerns. If the hepatitis is active and infectious, then there are considerations for monitoring the liver function and considerations for treatment of the baby to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus. Hepatitis b is not a contraindication for pregnancy. ...Read more

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Where could I get vaccinated for hepatitis B? Whom could I consult about this with?

Health department: Your local health department should be able to do this, if your doc cannot. If not ask your doc what is available in your community. It's a good idea. ...Read more

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I heard that people with diabetes should now get hepatitis b shots? Is this true? If so, why?

I heard that people with diabetes should now get hepatitis b shots? Is this true? If so, why?

Yes: Everyone with chronic illnesses, risk factors, or immunosuppression should get the hepatitis b series. It reduces the risk of developing hepatitis b if exposed. Diabetes is one of many chronic illnesses that weakens the immune system over the long run. ...Read more

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Could it happen such that a person with hepatitis b get married and and have child like normal people?

Possibly: First of all, your spouse should be vaccinated against hep b, if not done already. Then, depending upon your type of hep b, you could theoretically be cured of it prior to having a child - although the odds are not that high. If not, there are ways of decreasing the chance of transmitting the hep b to your baby - consult with your liver specialist to see which way is best for you. ...Read more

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Can I get the 2nd hepatitis b shot after 2 weeks of getting my 1st hepatitis b shot? If not, how long do I have to wait?

Can I get the 2nd hepatitis b shot after 2 weeks of getting my 1st hepatitis b shot? If not, how long do I have to wait?

Yes: An accelerated vaccine schedule for hepatitis b is at days 0, 7, 21-28, and then 12 months later. This is good for travel or if you are not sure you can come back at week 4. Otherwise, wait until week 4, then come back for your third vaccine at month 6. Most people respond to this series. Remember, 1 -2 vaccinations are better than none, but not as good as following the full schedule. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a person with hepatitis b (cronic or not cronic) get married and and have child like normal people?

It could be possible that a person with hepatitis b (cronic or not cronic) get married and and have child like normal people?

Possibly: First of all, your spouse should be vaccinated against hep b, if not done already. Then, depending upon your type of hep b, you could theoretically be cured of it prior to having a child - although the odds are not that high. If not, there are ways of decreasing the chance of transmitting the hep b to your baby - consult with your liver specialist to see which way is best for you. ...Read more

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I want to try anilingus on my girlfriend. I know this can cause many problems. Can I get a hepatitis b or a shot. Can I do this with out any risk?

To minimize risk: From rimming, wash the anal area prior to the activity and consider using some sort of barrier such as latex dam or even Saran wrap. Infections transmissible from rimming include all the forms of gastroenteritis which may be viral, parasitic or bacterial. Hepatitis a can be transmitted this way but not hepatitis b. ...Read more

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