How do you get H. pylori?
No one knows for sure how people catch H. pylori. In some cases, contaminated food or water may be to blame. It has been found in human saliva, so experts think it may be able to spread from person to person.
There is no known way to prevent H. pylori infection, but experts recommend:
- Washing hands before eating and after using the restroom.
- Eating food that has been handled and prepared safely.
- Drinking only clean, safe drinking water.
- pyloriinfections are more common in developing countries where people may not have access to clean, safe food and water.