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To Kiss or Not to Kiss?
Sep 25, 2005

In reading through these questions, I am becoming dazed & confused. One person in August was told that it was okay to kiss their partner with HCV, but I just read another answer where the person was advised to wash their utensils due to the saliva. I believe that person was talking about HBV & HCV together. Can you clear this up for me?

Response from Dr. McGovern

It is important to understand that while these viruses have been detected in saliva, there is NO clear cut proof that the infections are transmitted through this route. Kissing does not spread hepatitis viruses. Unprotected sex and injection drug use are the main culprits.

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