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How does hepatitis B spread?

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The virus that causes hepatitis B lives in blood, semen, and some other fluids in your body. You usually catch it by having sex with someone who's infected.

You can also get it by using the same razor or toothbrush as someone who has hepatitis B. Sharing needles and syringes to inject illegal drugs can also give you the disease.

Another way to get sick is if you touch the open sores of somebody who's infected. If you have the disease when you're pregnant you can pass it to your baby.

From: Is Hepatitis Contagious? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "HepC123."

CDC: "Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis D Information for the Public," "Hepatitis E Information for the Public."

KidsHealth, The Nemours Foundation: "Infections: Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis B."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "HepC123."

CDC: "Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis D Information for the Public," "Hepatitis E Information for the Public."

KidsHealth, The Nemours Foundation: "Infections: Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis B."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 27, 2019

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