Can Hepatitis B Be Transmitted Through Hugs And Cheeks?

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Good night. I had a hug and cipika cipiki with my friend this afternoon. And it turns out he was positive when checked HbSAg. But before I did not know that he was positive check HbSAg. I want to ask if I can contract hepatitis b if I had hugged and kissed my friend with that friend. I am afraid if I catch it because I have a baby who is only 2 months old and only drinks my breast milk. Please answer yes. Thank you.

1 Answer:

Good morning, thanks for the question

Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through body fluids and blood of sufferers. Mode of transmission is through sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal), shared needles and syringes, tattoos, body piercing, menedi pedi devices, and exposure to other needles that are not sterile, or accidental contact with patient needles. To avoid transmission, you must avoid the risk factors above.

Related to kissing the cheek with the patient the possibility of a direct exchange of body fluids does not exist, so there is no risk of transmitting the Hepatitis B virus, so you don't need to worry.

To minimize the risk of infection with hepatitis B in the future can be done by vaccination. Adult hepatitis B vaccination can be given without exception to adults, especially in high-risk groups such as medical personnel, medical users, or in conditions of very low immunity. Carry out further consultations with your doctor for the vaccination plan.

That's all, hope you can help
Wassalam.

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