Hepatitis B is NOT transmitted casually. It cannot be spread through toilet seats, doorknobs, sneezing, coughing, hugging or eating meals with someone who is infected with hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B Virus
What you need to know about Hepatitis B
How to protect yourself from hepatitis A
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you get hep B from touching urine?
Feces, nasal secretions, sputum, sweat, tears, urine, and vomit have not been implicated in the spread of hepatitis B. Unless they are visibly contaminated with blood, the risk of contracting hepatitis B from these fluids in the workplace is very low. Hepatitis B is not transmitted by casual contact.
Can you get hepatitis B from sharing a towel?
Hepatitis B can be passed on through sharing contaminated needles and syringes during recreational drug use. You can also get it from unsterilised tattoo, body-piercing or medical/dental equipment. Very occasionally, you can get it from sharing a towel, razor blades or a toothbrush if there is infected blood on them.
How is hepatitis B mostly transmitted?
Hepatitis B is spread when blood, semen, or other body fluids from a person infected with the virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact; sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment; or from mother to baby at birth.
Can I get hepatitis from a toilet seat?
Q: Could I have gotten hepatitis C from a dirty toilet seat? A: Hepatitis C is spread by direct contact with infected blood. The virus cannot be passed through toilet seats.