I used spoon of my friend who had h pylori infection. Can it infect me. I shared her ice cream with the spoon that she was using.

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Yes, you could possibly become infected through sharing utensils.


H. pylori is commonly transmitted person-to-person by saliva. The bacteria can also be spread by fecal contamination of food or water. In developing countries, a combination of untreated water, crowded conditions, and poor hygiene contributes to higher H. pylori prevalence. Most people become infected as children, and parents and siblings seem to play a primary role in transmission.

However, h. pylori is a common infection and there's about a 50% chance you were already infected before you shared the spoon. It causes no symptoms in most people, so this event wasn't something you need to run to a doctor about.

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