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Testing for Hepatitis
Jun 4, 2000

Question #1: How soon should I test for Hep B? Recently the condom broke when I was performing insertive anal intercourse. I will get an HIV antibody test in 6 months, but how soon should I be tested for Hepatitis exposure (either A or B)? This incident scared me -- if my Hepatitis test is negative, I'll get the vaccine (I'm a gay man). But I want to make sure any negative result is REALLY negative before getting vaccinated. Question #2: Window Period for Hepatitis? How soon after contact will an infected person test positive for sexually transmitted Hepatitis?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

There is no reason to wait. Get tested right away, and if you do not have antibodies for hep A or B, get the vaccines now. You may be able to head off hepatitis if you get vaccinated right away. DTD



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