|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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