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Offline Hypo84

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Anyone know smth about Hepatitis A?
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:54:45 PM »
My friend was diagnosed with Hepatitis A today, and I saw him 1 day before symptoms began (which is a period of incubation when he is contagious). We shook hands couple of times, and that's it, but people say that it is the way how Hep A is transferred. So my question is, do you guys know what are the odds of getting Hep A through handshakes?

The thing is, this disease has incubation period which is quite long, and I am more concerned for my girlfriend and my parents, because if I get it, odds are they will too.

No anxiety btw, it is not lethal disease, I am just annoyed really...
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Re: Anyone know smth about Hepatitis A?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 01:11:52 PM »
I don't think you have anything to worry about with a handshake. Hep A is shed through the feces of infected individuals and most infections happens due to fecal contamination entering a food supply.

Just for your own information, there is a Hep A vaccine which is very effective against preventing infections.
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Re: Anyone know smth about Hepatitis A?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 01:18:43 PM »
Well, I was in contact already, so nothing to prevent really :).  I also think chances are small since he takes care of hygiene very much. Probably got his through food too.
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Re: Anyone know smth about Hepatitis A?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 01:45:10 PM »
Yes I figured it was too late for the vaccine in this instance. But if you were concerned about future infections, I was just passing on helpful info.

I got the Hep A vaccine years ago when I travelled abroad to India and I regularly keep up with my boosters just for my own peace of mind.
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