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Can You Get Hepatitis C 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
Details. Details.: That depends on which type of hepatitis, whether one is talking about "getting in contact with a virus" or about "getting the actual disease", which part of the body is being kissed, the conditions of the kisser's part of the body and of the kissee's part of the body, the immune status of the kisser, etc... There are many kinds of hepatitis and many kinds of kissing. ...Read more
Yes: In short, yes you can get hepatitis C from "snorting drugs" and from using intravenous drugs. This is the most common cause of contracting hepatitis C. The good news is that now a days, we can cure hepatitis C over 90% of the time compared to medications in the past. See a hepatologist for discussion regarding the new therapies. ...Read more
Possibly: The cdc estimates that about 20% of new cases of hepatitis c are from sex. However, the risk for any one person is low. Men who have anal sex with other men are at higher risk. People who are young, have multiple partners, or have sores like herpes or syphilis are also at risk. Heterosexual couples who have been together a while are at low risk. ...Read more
No, not usually: Typhoid fever (salmonella typhi) is from the stool (poop) of infected people and is not in the saliva. However, if an infected person accidentally transferred traces of poop from his hands to his face (due to poor handwashing habits), and then he got kissed by an uninfected person, the uninfected person could swallow enough salmonella typhi bacteria to contract typhoid fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Officially no: Many things are "possible" in life. So, the real question is, "How likely is it to happen?" The chances of catching HepC by kissing is perhaps 0%, mathematically rounded off. HepC virus is in the blood. If a HepC person has some cracks or scrapes on the lips or inside the mouth, any canker sores, or any bleeding gums, then HepC can be in the mouth... probably more so if kissing is very vigorous. ...Read more
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. Sadly, as dr. Singh points out, some people are dumb enough to be inked by friends or goofballs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No : Transmitted by blood.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes definitely: That is how it usally spreads.Get a more detailed answer ›
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