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3. Is HBV transmitted the same as AIDS?

Now hepatitis B a lot of people often forget is transmitted the same way as HIV. It is not BS, but BBS. Okay. Birth from an infected mother to the newborn which accounts for forty to fifty percent of the cases in Asia, blood-direct contact with infected blood such as unsafe injections, sharing and reusing needles and syringes which is still a problem in a lot of the developing countries, open wound contact as well as unprotected sex. And because of the ability of the virus to exist outside in the external environment for up to seven days and it could exist in such high concentration, it is often referred to as an infection which is up to a hundred times more infectious than HIV.