I went for a checkup on rib pain after a bike accident, in China at the time. The doc seemed convinced it was a trickier problem than just the rib, so ordered heaps of tests. Results were that I have Hep B.
I've told my immediate family, had my kids and ex tested. They're all clear. That's a great relief. Where I got this disease and when is a mystery.
Does it matter anyway. It challenges my thoughts about myself. Bottom line is that I never thought I would be diagnosed with a STD. I've been the typical naive, squeaky clean in reality (not fantasy) girl most of my life. Too chicken to take chances. Apart from a brief intimate relationship with another woman about 30yrs ago, I've been with only my ex for 24yrs. So, I'm dealing with denial - I don't want to tell anyone about this. How will it effect my employment, my friends, life insurance, anything with a questionnaire.
The results are confusing. Apparently the virus is not active. I asked whether that meant it will stay inactive. He answered maybe yes, maybe no. Next question, what do I do to maximise chances of it staying inactive. Answer - keep my immune system strong.
Can anyone give me more info about this. Is it like a time bomb with no constraints? What questions do I need to ask?