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Diseases » Chronic Hepatitis B » Contagiousness
 

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.

Contagion summary:

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 overall?: Yes

  Contagious by sex?: Yes

  Contagious by oral sex?: Yes

  Contagious by anal sex?: Yes

  Contagious by vaginal sex?: Yes

  Contagious from body fluids?: Yes

  Contagious breastfeeding mother to infant?: Yes

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.

 

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