diagnosed with Hep B

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/21/2006 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   
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? 
 
 
 
 

wheredidigo
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   Posted 11/21/2006 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome!
first of all this is not necessarily an std. Hep b can be contracted through sharing razors,drinking after someone who has active hep b,even sharing a hairbrush. so the first thing is,to always make sure you use precaution with your children,drill into them NO grabbing moms brush,razor,ect,,,next,stop beating yourself up. I have read that 1 out of 20 ppl in the US alone,have,or have had hep b,so you NOT alone. Unfortunately this disease has a certain stigma that comes with it, People are uninformed or misinformed. So if I were you id read as much about this as possible and educate yourself,so you can educate others. Im kind of in a bit of a hurry today,heading to register for classes and deal with financial aid(going back to college at 39 yrs old:))
but i will post again later today and try to help you as much as possible. Just know youve found a great site for support and alot of good info.
trish
 
 
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body,but rather to skid in sideways,chocolate in one hand,wine in the other,body used up ,totally worn out and screaming"WOOOOHOO WHAT A RIDE!!!" 


wheredidigo
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   Posted 11/22/2006 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
were your kids immunized?
trish
 
 
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body,but rather to skid in sideways,chocolate in one hand,wine in the other,body used up ,totally worn out and screaming"WOOOOHOO WHAT A RIDE!!!" 

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