Jan 11, 2009
I have had two of the 3 shots series and I had a client spit in my mouth that is a HBV carriers My doctor did a titur test and after 2 shots I had no immuity to HBV. Why is this? What are my chances of contracting HBV from the spit? Is true if HBV is not active you will not get it?
Response from Dr. McGovern
The chance of getting HBV this way is extremely low. However, I think it is a good idea to be vaccinated but I wouldn't bother to check for protective antibodies until a month after the last shot.
For exposures of concern, we give Hepatitis B immunoglobulin which protects patients immediately.
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