I aplogize if I offend anyone or sound ignorant. I was just wondering if Hep B is highly contagoius. Like if you hug a Heb B carrier and you have a rash on your arm with very tiny old lesions because of the constant scratching and the Hep B carrier is wearing a jacket at the time is there any risk in that. Also if the person who hugs the Hep B carrier less then 3 minutes right aways cleans thier arm with isopropyl alcohol does that reduce the risk if Hep B is contagious that way. I was juat wondering because a firend of mine is a little paranoid about this and any advice would be deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance and God bless.
Thanks so much for your response I'm sure once I tell my freind it will help her feel better. The person I'm talking about who has Hep B is a great friend of hers and she did not want to ask him because she was scared of hurting his feelings. He has had Hep B for about I believe a year and a half. I also had one more question if you don't mind because you seem to be very knowledgable, does your response go for all types of Hepatitis or just Hep B. Thanks again for your response I really apreciate it. Take care and God bless.
kinda mostly applies to all.. read below..dont get paranoid though.. this is what "can" happen but does not neccessarly happen. there is a vaccine for hep A and B so your friend can protected herself by getting the vaccine and thatway she will never ever be infected even if the below case occur to her.. she will be immune for life..you too get vaccinated if you havent done so yet.
There are 5 types of hepatitis - A, B, C, D, and E - each caused by a different hepatitis virus.
Hepatitis A is caused by eating food and drinking water infected with a virus called HAV. It can also be caused by anal-oral contact during sex. While it can cause swelling and inflammation in the liver, it doesn't lead to chronic, or life long, disease. Almost everyone who gets hepatitis A has a full recovery.
Hepatitis B is caused by the virus HBV. It is spread by contact with an infected person's blood, semen, or other body fluid. And, it is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). You can get hepatitis B by:
Having unprotected sex (not using a condom) with an infected person.
Sharing drug needles (for illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine or legal drugs like vitamins and steroids).
Getting a tattoo or body piercing with dirty (unsterile) needles and tools that were used on someone else.
Getting pricked with a needle that has infected blood on it (health care workers can get hepatitis B this way).
Sharing a toothbrush, razor, or other personal items with an infected person.
An infected woman can give hepatitis B to her baby at birth or through her breast milk.
Through a bite from another person.
With hepatitis B, the liver also swells. Hepatitis B can be a serious infection that can cause liver damage, which may result in cancer. Some people are not able to get rid of the virus, which makes the infection chronic, or life long. Blood banks test all donated blood for hepatitis B, greatly reducing the risk for getting the virus from blood transfusions or blood products.
Hepatitis C is caused by the virus HCV. It is spread the same way as hepatitis B, through contact with an infected person's blood, semen, or body fluid (see above). Like hepatitis B, hepatitis C causes swelling of the liver and can cause liver damage that can lead to cancer. Most people who have hepatitis C develop a chronic infection. This may lead to a scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis. Blood banks test all donated blood for hepatitis C, greatly reducing the risk for getting the virus from blood transfusions or blood products.
Hepatitis D is caused by the virus HDV. You can only get hepatitis D if you are already infected with hepatitis B. It is spread through contact with infected blood, dirty needles that have HDV on them, and unprotected sex (not using a condom) with a person infected with HDV. Hepatitis D causes swelling of the liver.
Hepatitis E is caused by the virus HEV. You get hepatitis E by drinking water infected with the virus. This type of hepatitis doesn't often occur in the U.S. It causes swelling of the liver, but no long-term damage. It can also be spread through oral-anal contact.
Thanks so much for your detailed reponse and for taking the time to educate me on how Hepatitis works.You have been a great help to me and my friend. I will let my friend know this information. Take care and God bless you.
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