Is Chronic Hepatitis B Contagious?
Transmission of Chronic Hepatitis B from Person to Person
Chronic Hepatitis B is considered to be contagious between people.
Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route,
surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Chronic Hepatitis B, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Chronic Hepatitis B, can be transmitted:
- by sexual conduct between people.
- from person to person by blood.
- from the mother to her fetus.
Spread by blood, sexual fluids, bodily fluids, or breast milk. Not spread
by casual contact such as handshakes.
Contagiousness properties for Chronic Hepatitis B:
Contagious by sex?:
Contagious by oral sex?:
Contagious by anal sex?:
Contagious by vaginal sex?:
Contagious from body fluids?:
Contagious breastfeeding mother to infant?:
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Chronic Hepatitis B is possible from one person to another.
Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness",
"transmission" or "transmissability".
Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics
or inheriting diseases from parents.
For an overview of contagion,
see Introduction to Contagion.