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Hepatitis B & Urine

Jul 2, 1997

Can Hepatitus B be contracted through ingestion of urine?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question. Although the Hepatitis B virus can be found in urine, it is normally in low concentrations, so normally the risk would be low. However, if there is any blood in the urine, this would significantly increase the risk of infection.

If you are worried about Hepatitis B transmission, especially as it relates to blood-to-blood contact, sexual intercourse, or giving someone oral sex, then you should consider getting vaccinated against the Hepatitis B virus. This is a very effective vaccine that involves getting 3 shots over a 6 month period of time. This vaccine would then significantly reduce any concerns you would have regarding exposure to the Hepatitis B virus. However, if you are only exposed to urine, your risk for Hepatitis B infection would be low.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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