Can I catch hepatitis B from a patient spitting in my face? I am worried because a little bit got in my eyes and in my mouth but I was able to get to a sink to spit and rinse my eyes. I have a family at home and scared of passing something like that to my kids. Thank you in advance.
Hep B is typically transmitted via sexual contact or exchange of bodily fluids containing blood. It is very unlikely that saliva would contain significant concentrations of the Hep B virus. If you work with patients for your job and are at risk for exposure to blood and bodily fluids, you should be offered the Hepatitis B vaccine by your employer (OSHA requirement).
~ Dr. Parks
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