Can hepatitis be transferred through saliva? Or if someone slept in your spare room?
It is doubtful whether it can be passed on by kissing (last sentence). This is what the CDC have to say about it:
"Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or other body fluids from a person with the Hepatitis B virus enter the body of someone who is not infected. The virus is very infectious and is transmitted easily through breaks in the skin or mucus membranes (nose, mouth,
eyes and other soft tissues). This can happen through:
Sexual contact with an infected person.
Direct contact with infected or contaminated blood, even in tiny
amounts too small to see.
Sharing personal items, such as toothbrushes, razors, syringes, or glucose monitors that have even microscopic amounts of blood on them.
Direct contact with open sores of an infected person.
An infected mother passing it to her baby at birth.
Hepatitis B is not spread through sneezing, coughing, hugging, or breastfeeding. Although the virus can be found in saliva, it is not believed to be spread through kissing or sharing utensils."
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