|possibility of contracting hep b
Oct 16, 2011
Thanks for taking the time to answer all the question. I have looked everywhere, but i wasn't able to find any answer to my question. So, I was wondering if you can help me. My boyfriend has hep b. We have always practice safe sex. However, I am worried that if there is semen on the bed or on me, I will then become a vector to pass hep b onto others. Can you let me know if indirect contact like that can transmit hep b? Also, how long does hep b virus actually live on surface (I looked at different resources, they all gave me different answers)? Thank you very much for you time.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
THe most important thing you should do is get vaccinated against hepatitis B. This vaccine is very effective. You should also get blood testing about 1 month after finishing the vaccine to be certain you have mounted protective antibodies.
I have also read about different times that HBV may live on surfaces, but there is no good proof of environmental spread of HBV. I would focus on what we do know well - that HBV is transmitted efficiently through sex and through injection drug use. Also avoid sharing of razors or toothbrushes which can be vehicles of blood transfer.
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