Hepatitis B risks. Hep B is very infectious. It's transmitted thru breaks in the skin or mucus membranes (nose, mouth, etc) by: ? Sexual contact with an infected person ? Direct contact with infected blood, even tiny amounts ? Sharing items, like toothbrushes, razors, syringes... ? Direct contact with open sores of an infected person ? At birth if the mother is infected. It's not thought to pass thru saliva-kissing.
Can hepatitis B and C be transferred from getting splashed with infected persons urine or saliva? What precautions should a caregiver take?
Hep B/ C in a flash. Hep B and C are classified as blood-borne pathogens and are generally contracted with direct exposure to blood or body secretions, as in sexual contact. Since HBV has been found in saliva, the risk of transmission of Hep B with deep kissing probably exists and the risk increases if one partner wears orthodontic braces or has open cuts or sores in the mouth. No report of Hep B or C via saliva exist. Read more...