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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Hepatitis B From Kissing

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Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Definition)

Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation ...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 ..Im 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 ..Im 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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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

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