Viral Hepatitis Transmission
Viral hepatitis transmission varies, based on the type of viral hepatitis. Four ways that the disease can be spread include:
- Infected stool (fecal-oral transmission)
- Infected blood products
- Other infected bodily fluids, such as semen, vaginal fluids, or saliva
- During delivery of a baby.
Hepatitis A and E are spread through fecal-oral transmission. This occurs when an uninfected person puts something in the mouth that is contaminated with the stool of an infected person (even if it looks clean). Hepatitis B is spread through infected blood or bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is often transmitted through infected blood. While hepatitis C can be spread through sexual intercourse, this is rare.
Click any of the following links to learn how the different types of viral hepatitis are transmitted: