|chronic inactive hepatits B carrier
Aug 31, 2013
can a chronic inactive hepatitis B carrier infect someone who is not vaccinated?I am referring to the case when there is no activation or any liver conditions in the carrier.
| Response from Dr. Taylor
Hepatitis B is a dynamic virus. It can change in our bodies over time. Someone who is not making new hepatitis B viruses at one time point may make these viruses over time, at another time. So yes someone whose doctor used this term 'carrier,' an old term, can start making viruses in the liver and infect others. A person who has been told she/he is a 'carrier' ideally should have the hepatitis B DNA (viral load) rechecked over time to see if the liver cells are making hepatitis B virus.
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