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Hepatitis b. How do you get it? Is it only by sexual contact?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Usually blood

World-wide mostly obtained at birth (vertical transmission) from infected mother to newborn; commonly chronic carrier. In us native born (not asian, african, middle eastern) mostly from IV drug use, occasionally from sexual contacts, needle stick injuries (md, rn, emt, dds).
Blood supply tested for years-generally quite safe.

In brief: Usually blood

World-wide mostly obtained at birth (vertical transmission) from infected mother to newborn; commonly chronic carrier. In us native born (not asian, african, middle eastern) mostly from IV drug use, occasionally from sexual contacts, needle stick injuries (md, rn, emt, dds).
Blood supply tested for years-generally quite safe.
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