Feb 24, 2002
My next door neighbor recently,confided in us .she told us that she has hepatitis A,B and C. Shouldn't she be quarantined. She came here from anouther state and she is not seeking treatment here.should we be worried, and what type of precautions should we take if so .also what is the best way to get her to seek treatment.
Response from Dr. Fried
Your neighbor does not represent any risk to you and you should be supportive of her willingness to confide in you. Hepatitis A never becomes a chronic infection, so once someone is over the acute infection, it completely resolves. Hepatitis B is transmitted sexually and through direct contact with infected blood. Hepatitis C is also transmitted by direct contact with infected blood. Thus, there is no risk of transmission from your neighbor. I agree, however, that if she has chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C, she should be evaluated and possibly treated, if appropriate for her.
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