Hepatitis A, B, and C can all be sexually transmitted, although sexual transmission of hepatitis C is less common.
Hepatitis A spreads via fecal-oral contact, which can occur if there is 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, infection can result.
Hepatitis B spreads via contact with blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and other body fluids of someone who is infected with the virus. The hepatitis B virus is 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and is easily transmitted during sexual activity.
Hepatitis C is spread through contact with an infected person’s blood -- which may be present because of genital sores or cuts or menstruation.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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