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Does Hepatitis B Always Remain In The Bloodstream

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Hepa-B Carrier

Dear Dr. Mcgovern,It is a blessing that we found a doctor like you in the internet whom we can ask. My husband is a hepatitis-B carrier since 1995 but all of us in the family including my children were never infected neither am I for so many years....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
It appears that your husband is an inactive carrier. This means that he may have a marker for HBsAg but does not have virus in his blood. This will need monitoring over time by a physician to be certain that this remains the case. I would check... Read more »

30 second vaginal sex: A risk?

Hello. About 1 1/2 yrs. ago, I foolishly had unprotected sex (vaginal) with afemale sex worker. My penis was inside her vagina for no more than 30 seconds. I then ejaculated outsideher. I saw no signs of blood or any skin tears. I have a few...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your questions. I'll answer them one at a time."Since there were no visible skin tears, the only other way I could think ofthat the HIV virus could enter the body is through microscopic skin tears. Iknow this is... Read more »

About Syringes, Knives & Lymph Nodes

How safe it is to share syringes( not needle) washed with mild disinfectants? They do like this in clinics in develping countries. Even if there is no visible trace of blood in the syringe, can HIV infection occur? - What about using a...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. There are only 2 ways to disinfectsyringes and other medical instruments. One is to put them into an autoclave(a sterilizer). This uses heat and pressure to kill microorganisms. However, items that can melt cannot... Read more »

HBV SPECIAL QUESTIONS

Dear Doctor,I was read the forum regarding Hepatitis b,here i have a few questions.and i can`t found such answers of these topics,my girlfriend was checked for her HepatitisB antibody and the result are negative(naturally) showed in her report...
Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Response from Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Fundacion Gatroenterologia De Diego
Dear J.J.;If your girlfriend had no hep B surface antibody ,this means that she did not have inmmunity against a B infection.She needed the vaccine to be protected.She cannot get the disease from sharing food.The hepatitis B is only transmitted by... Read more »
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Read the stories but I think I'm still +

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I've read all the uplifting stories and still cant stop thinking I'm positive as well as some of my family members. I've posted before so some of you may rememeber. My risk was slight oral exposure (on her) to a stripper that was from Russia. It... Read more »