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    Can hepatitis-B be contracted through contact with infected brush?

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Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 in Infections
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Hi there wondering if you could help.... i suffer with ocd.. was wondering if you could help. I used my friends toothbrush and now have an obsessive thought that i have got hep b i didnt notice any visable blood on brush my gums sometimes bleed but not that i noticed

Im trying to stay calm as i know this sounds rediculus as i dont even think my friend would have hep b
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
Hep b exposure

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome

I appreciate your concern

Hepatitis B can be transmitted through body fluids like blood or saliva.

The only way to be sure is to know if your friend has the hep b infection or not. If he is negative for hep b and it was his toothbrush then you can relax.

You can get tested HBSAG and HBCAB to rule out a possible infection.

Rinse your mouth thoroughly with antiseptic mouthwash like povidone oral for the time being.

Wishing you best of health

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 2 hours later
Hi doctor thanks for messgae but dosnt really help i wanted to no rate of transmition if no visable blood on the tooth brush
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 30 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Explained

Detailed Answer:
Hello again

Hepatitis B is extremely contagious. It is 100 times more contagious and transmissible than HIV.

If indeed your friend has HBS then an exposure should be treated with hep b immunoglobulin and booster vaccine if you aren't vaccinated.


Thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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