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Alcohol and Hepatitis B Carrier
May 26, 2002

Could you please advise about the drinking of Alcohol for a Hepatitis B Carrier with no symptoms? Also is it possible for a Carrier not be a carrier in the future? and if so how does one know? Thanks

Response from Dr. Fried

Alcohol can have a negative impact on HBV prognosis. How much alcohol is safe is not known, therefore, general recommendations are to minimize intake.

HBV carriers can spontaneously clear their HBV but they can also reactivate and develop more active liver disease. Most of these changes are asymptomatic so you would not know except through blood tests. Carriers of HBV should see their helahtcare professional and get blood tests every 6 months or so to monitor for any changes that might necessitate additional work-up or treatment.



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