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HepC vs Hep B?
Oct 11, 2004

Why is the HepB virus easier to contract than the Hep C virus? What is the difference in the two that would make one easier to contract than the other?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Hepatitis B is even more prolific than HCV and has more copies per ml of blood. There is more of it so the chances of transmitting it are higher. In addition, HCV is not really sexually transmitted and not often found in semen while HBV is definitely found in genital secretions and is transmitted sexually. Different viruses have different characteristics. The good thing about B is that you can get vaccinated and prevent infection. The good thing about C is that it is completely curable! Be careful! DTD

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