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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.
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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

This answer provided to you is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this Medhelp.org posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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