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4. Is HBV transmitted by casual contact?

Now I want to show you this slide because there is a lot of misconception about hepatitis B. So one example, please just remember that it is not just transmitted by sharing food or drinks. So you don’t have to bring your favorite chopsticks to China. Unless you are dripping blood on your plate, it is not transmitted by casual contact like shaking hands, sneezing and also not by kissing unless you bite people every time you really kiss someone. I always want to show you this picture because I asked some of my interns can you find me a picture of two Asian kids kissing? They went back to the dorm and the next day they gave me this picture they took in the dorm. So I always say Stanford students are very resourceful.