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Forum Name: Viral Infections

Question: Risk of contacting hepatitis B or C

 from Chennai - Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:42 am

I shared a glass with a friend of mine (took a sip from a glass he was using) recently. Do i run the risk of contacting hepatitis b or c ? If yes, if i take hep-b vaccine immediately , can i avoid the risk? Thanks.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:01 pm

User avatar Hello,

Hepatitis B is transmitted by direct contact with infectious blood, semen, and body fluids through sexual activity with an infected person, shared contaminated needles (in drug abusers), or from an infected mother to her baby.

Hepatitis C is transmitted mainly by blood through shared contaminated needles or blood transfusion.

Ingestion of fecally (stool) contaminated food or a drink on the other hand is the way to catch hepatitis A infections.

Hope you find this information useful and reassuring.
Best regards.
 from Chennai - Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:15 am

Dear Dr.Mahmoud,

Thank you for a prompt reply.
Found it very reassuring.

With Best Regds,

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