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Feb 14, 2009

I am a 27 years old unmarried male and am a Hepatitis B carrier. I want to know if I can have my potential spouse immunized and only then marry her. Please suggest.

Response from Dr. McGovern

Yes, it will be very important for your spouse to get tested for hepatitis B serologies. If she has a non-reactive surface antibody (anti-HBs) test, then she should be immunized. After immunization, I would recommend testing for anti-HBs to be certain the vaccine worked. The vaccine has excellent efficacy.



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