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How do you get viral hepatitis?

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Randy Burgett
General Practice
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In brief: Depends

The most common types of hepatitis are a, b, and c.
People get hep a from contaminated food or water, hep b from blood or other bodily fluids, and hep c from blood. Hep b and c can be transmitted by sexual activity, sharing needles, blood transfusions that occurred prior to 1990 etc. Hep b & c can also be transmitted in transplanted organs.

In brief: Depends

The most common types of hepatitis are a, b, and c.
People get hep a from contaminated food or water, hep b from blood or other bodily fluids, and hep c from blood. Hep b and c can be transmitted by sexual activity, sharing needles, blood transfusions that occurred prior to 1990 etc. Hep b & c can also be transmitted in transplanted organs.
Randy Burgett
Randy Burgett
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Dr. John Fung
Surgery

In brief: Depends

There are many viruses that can cause viral hepatitis, hepatitis a is contracted by contaminated food handled by someone with hepatitis a.
Hepatitis b is transmitted from infected mother to child (most common in the world), or sexually, or by tattoos, or injection. Hepatitis c is transmitted by injection, tattoos or contaminated blood products. Other viruses include hsv, cmv, ebv.

In brief: Depends

There are many viruses that can cause viral hepatitis, hepatitis a is contracted by contaminated food handled by someone with hepatitis a.
Hepatitis b is transmitted from infected mother to child (most common in the world), or sexually, or by tattoos, or injection. Hepatitis c is transmitted by injection, tattoos or contaminated blood products. Other viruses include hsv, cmv, ebv.
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung
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