Can you spread hbv by kissing????

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   Posted 1/2/2016 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Can you give somebody hep b by kissing them on the lips? Can you give hep b by sharing a bottle of soda, or letting somebody eat your sandwich? My three kids have been vaccinated since birth, since thats the requirements, in my state, but my youngest has not completed his 18 months vaccine. Really scared that i might of got my kids infected, because I did share drinks with them many times...I am now praying and hoping? Thanks for the input.

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   Posted 1/3/2016 3:19 AM (GMT -7)   
There's a very slight risk of spreading hep b through sharing drinks,utensils and kissing. Generally speaking the conditions would have to be optimal and blood and open lesion present,example would be like sharing bathroom cup and toothbrushing causes bleeding of the gum,using cup leaving blood on it and the other person using the cup and coming into contact with the blood but a open sore or fever blister etc need to be present.

There's a slightly greater chance of hep being contracted by cohabiting than not due to the normal exchanges that occur between persons living in the same households.

However a Mother infected can infect her child during pregnancy and childbirth. That's a much greater chance then drinking after or sharing food.

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   Posted 1/3/2016 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
One more question for advise only. If my two kids were vaccinated and my youngest finishing his vaccination on Tuesday, 1/5/16, how big are their chances of getting hbv? Thank you

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   Posted 1/3/2016 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Your wife and children will want to be tested and vaccinated, if they have not been already. I'm so sorry you have Hep B. I can tell you are very concerned.

Here is the best answer to "how is Hep B spread", from the CDC. Big Hugs

How is it spread?

Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or other body fluids from a person with the Hepatitis B virus enter the body of someone who is not infected. The virus is very infectious and is transmitted easily through breaks in the skin or mucus membranes (nose, mouth, eyes and other soft tissues). This can happen through:
■ Sexual contact with an infected person
■ Direct contact with infected or contaminated blood, even in tiny amounts too small to see
■ Sharing personal items, such as toothbrushes, razors, syringes, or glucose monitors that have even microscopic amounts of blood on them
■ Direct contact with open sores of an infected person
■ An infected mother passing it to her baby at birth

Hepatitis B is not spread through sneezing, coughing, hugging, or breastfeeding. Although the virus can be found in saliva, it is not believed to be spread through kissing or sharing utensils.

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   Posted 1/3/2016 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
hi again,
use extra care until your hep dr. does more bloodwork. many chronic hep b cases have very low chances of passing, or creating liver damage. has charts with the meanings of your hep b blood values. look at hbeag.

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   Posted 1/4/2016 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Going to a Gi/hepatologist at 10am and a hepatologist at 3pm. I ll post after dr appt. Thanks for the responses. Thank you

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   Posted 1/5/2016 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome to the forum friend and i stand with Themiz on this , getting family members tested is foremost as early diagnosis is crucial and it will relieve some of the stress that comes with realizing you have Hep. I sincerely doubt they have it (family members) but no one can say for sure but your doctor ...I hope you get on treatment fast for this as it is curable and pray you are no plagued with any sides..
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