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How can hepatitis be spread by sexual contact?

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Hepatitis A spreads through fecal-oral contact. That can happen after direct oral-anal contact or contact with fingers or objects that have been in or near the anus of an infected person. If even a microscopic amount of virus-laden feces gets into the mouth, it can lead to an infection.

SOURCES:

Scott D. Holmberg, MD chief, epidemiology and surveillance branch, division of viral hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Joseph Lim, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Yale School of Medicine and director, Yale Viral Hepatitis Program.

Melissa Palmer, MD, clinical professor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine.

John W. Ward, MD, director, division of viral hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: “The ABCs of Hepatitis.” 

Avert.org: “Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, & Hepatitis C.” 

CDC: “Viral Hepatitis: Information for Gay and Bisexual Men.” 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 19, 2020

SOURCES:

Scott D. Holmberg, MD chief, epidemiology and surveillance branch, division of viral hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Joseph Lim, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Yale School of Medicine and director, Yale Viral Hepatitis Program.

Melissa Palmer, MD, clinical professor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine.

John W. Ward, MD, director, division of viral hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: “The ABCs of Hepatitis.” 

Avert.org: “Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, & Hepatitis C.” 

CDC: “Viral Hepatitis: Information for Gay and Bisexual Men.” 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 19, 2020

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