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HEPITITIS B
Sep 15, 2007

MY WIFE RECENTLY AFFECTED WITH HEPITITIS B VIRUS. IS IT CURABLE. I AM FROM INDIA. I LOVE MY WIFE TOO MUCH. HOW SHE AFFTECTED. I AM PERFECTLY AL RIGHT. WETHER I HAVE TO GO FOR TEST FOR HBV & HIV. PLZ ADVICE ME.

Response from Dr. McGovern

If your wife has hepatitis B, I would get tested and if you are negative, I would also get vaccinated against hepatitis B.

Your wife will need to see if she is chronically infected (eg, does she have hepatitis B surface antigen and does she have presence of virus, eg, HBV DNA)

Your wife may have been infected perinatally; you will need to speak with her about any other risks to determine better as to whether you need HIV testing as well.Furthermore, there is a lot of confusion on hepatitis B testing and interpretation. I would be certain that her laboratories are clearly positive for chronic infection.

There are many drugs that are very effective in suppressing HBV.



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