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Is it safe to visit someone with hepatitis?

It is safe to visit someone with viral hepatitis. You cannot get hepatitis through casual contact. It is ok to shake hands with, hug, or kiss someone who is infected with any of the viral hepatitis types.
This answer is based on source information from The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information.
Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver. The inflammation can be caused by a variety of reasons, the most common being infection (by viruses, bacteria, fungus, or parasites), drugs or chemicals (especially alcohol), or autoimmune disease. There are multiple hepatitis viruses. Most of them are spread via bodily fluids, especially blood, so they can be spread by direct contact, blood transfusions (although now rarely so), sexual contact, sharing of intravenous needles, or even breastfeeding. Two hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A and E, are spread by the fecal-oral route and thus can be spread by direct contact, consumption of raw food, or drinking of contaminated water. So it should be safe to visit someone with hepatitis, especially if you know which kind the person has and can take precautions.

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