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Can i marry with Hep B?
Oct 15, 2005

Dear Doctor

First i congratulate u for the yeomen service u are doing.

I am 22 years old and i got Hep B 3 years back. I am still tested positive for surface and core antigen. Can i marry a healthy normal girl with this? Please advice as i lova a girl and i want to marry her as her parents are hurrying up for marriage. Can we live a normal life like everybody else and have kids ? I am eagerly waiting for ur advice and response. Thanks in advance.

Response from Dr. McGovern

Your girlfriend should simply get vaccinated against hepatitis B and then get surface antibody testing to be certain the vaccine worked. Then she will be well protected against the virus.

The only way she could pass on hepatitis B to her baby is only if she were chronically infected herself. Even then, the risk is very low since the baby would undergo vaccination against hepatitis B at delivery and in early infancy - which is very effective.

Dr. McG



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