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HBV through sweat exposure
Jul 24, 2005

Yesterday in a large reception I shook hands with many attending artists. After the drive home blood was on the back of my shirt collar, apparently in my nervousness had scratched a mosquito bite past the point of bleeding. In reading up on HBV some people say it is hazardous in sweat, some say it is not with equal fevor. Should I be worried and see a GP for treatment?

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Response from Dr. McGovern

If I understand correctly, you are concerned about sweat exposure to HBV through shaking hands. I would not be concerned about this exposure whatsoever.

I hope that is helpful.

Dr. McGovern



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