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I am 4 months pregnant and worried I may have been exposed

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I am 4 months pregnant and worried I may have been exposed to hepatitis b. I am hoping that I'm just being very paranoid. Yesterday I was volunteering at my local food bank, we had a client in who we know is a very long term injecting drug user. He was coughing quite a lot (although he did cough into his hand). When I googled blood borne diseases I saw that Hep B could be transmitted through saliva (I know that Hep C and HIV cannot). I don't know for certain the man had Hep B but I'm aware it's a possibility in an IV drug user. I am worried I might have contracted it by getting the salvia on me via the cough or from touching items (pens, files) the man had touched after coughing into his hand. I also touched a small scab that I have on my ear from a spot and may have rubbed my eyes. I'm also worried in case I transmitted any saliva into my handbag when I was getting my keys etc to leave. I didn't have any open wounds yesterday but I washed my hands so much last night my skin had cracked today and I thought if there were germs in the handbag they might now get into my skin when I go to get stuff. My husband thinks that I am being paranoid and reaching for risks that aren't there, I hope this is the case but I've been so scared and stressed the last 24 hours, I need to know if I should be contacting my GP on Monday.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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I agree with your husband.

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it sounds like you are letting your anxiety get out of control here.

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you don't have to be worried about contracting hepatitis B this way.

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the most common way of contracting hepatitis B is through kissing and sharing food

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you didn't kiss this guy and you didn't share food with him.

JACUSTOMER-9m4979zd- :

I thought that was hepatitis a?

Dr. David :

hepatitis B can also be spread through kissing and sharing food.

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hepatitis A tends to be fecal oral rout spread.

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you don't have to worry about hep B

JACUSTOMER-9m4979zd- :

Ok thank you, ***** ***** reassured

Dr. David :

don't let your anxiety get out of control on this

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focus on keeping healthy for your baby

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and you will be fine.

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Thank you very much! That was all I wanted to know.

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