How Is Hepatitis B Transmitted?

Q:
How Is Hepatitis B Transmitted?

A:
The hepatitis B virus is transmitted through blood and body fluids. The most common ways are in the following:

  • Direct contact with infected blood;
  • Unprotected sex;
  • Use of illegal or “street” drugs;
  • Needles that are contaminated or not sterile;
  • An infected woman to her newborn during pregnancy and childbirth.

Hepatitis B is NOT transmitted casually. It cannot be spread through toilet seats, doorknobs, sneezing, coughing, hugging or eating meals with someone who is infected with hepatitis B.

Keywords: hepatitis B transmission; blood and body fluids

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