question-icon

Can inactive and asymptomatic hepatitis-B be transmitted?

default
Posted on Tue, 15 Dec 2015
Question: does inactive hep b mean it cant be transmitted ?

i mean inactive hep b
doctor
Answered by Dr. Sheetal Verma (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes it is possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for your query at HCM.
I understand your concern and situation.


Yes one can transmit HepB if no disease and only carrier or asymptomatic. It is spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person by sex with an infected person without using a condom, sharing needles or
sharing personal items like razors or toothbrushes. One cannot get hepatitis B from casual contact such as hugging, kissing, sneezing, coughing, or sharing food or drinks. The infectivity depends upon HBsAg and HBeAg levels. If person develops anti HBe he is less likely to transmit the virus.


Hope I answered your query.
Rating and review will be appreciated.
Dr Sheetal Verma
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Sheetal Verma

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Practicing since :2001

Answered : 635 Questions

premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Can inactive and asymptomatic hepatitis-B be transmitted?

Brief Answer: Yes it is possible. Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for your query at HCM. I understand your concern and situation. Yes one can transmit HepB if no disease and only carrier or asymptomatic. It is spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person by sex with an infected person without using a condom, sharing needles or sharing personal items like razors or toothbrushes. One cannot get hepatitis B from casual contact such as hugging, kissing, sneezing, coughing, or sharing food or drinks. The infectivity depends upon HBsAg and HBeAg levels. If person develops anti HBe he is less likely to transmit the virus. Hope I answered your query. Rating and review will be appreciated. Dr Sheetal Verma