Hepatitis B and C transmission

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Belle05
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   Posted 5/23/2017 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope someone can help me. I am bit confused about hepatitis transmission. So, my boyfriend had acute hepatitis B in past and it was resolved. He was told he has immunity and can't transmit virus, in other words, it didn't became chronic (no antigen, just antibodies). However, later he was diagnosed with hepatitis C, but also only acute form. His pcr test was negative for the last few years and doctors concluded it never became chronic. Based on this tests, doctors confirmed we can have unprotected sex and there is no risk that i will get infected because according to them, he cleared both viruses and never developed chronic forms. Can anyone confirm this to me? Can virus reappear somehow, or it's considered gone forever if it never became chronic?

ppm guy
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   Posted 5/23/2017 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
hi belle05 and welcome,
your dr is correct!!!

however, hep c antibodies only mean, you have been exposed at a time in the past. they do not protect you from re infection. if a person continues to indulge in risky behavior, they may be infected again..

Hep b surface antibodies(hbsab), is immunity to infection, by anti hep b injections, or passing the virus by immunr response. Hep b can be reactivated, in people with inactive or resolved infections. By Cancer treatments, and some new monoclonal antibodie therapies.

hope that helps
best to you

Belle05
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   Posted 5/24/2017 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
ppm guy said...
hi belle05 and welcome,
your dr is correct!!!

however, hep c antibodies only mean, you have been exposed at a time in the past. they do not protect you from re infection. if a person continues to indulge in risky behavior, they may be infected again..

Hep b surface antibodies(hbsab), is immunity to infection, by anti hep b injections, or passing the virus by immunr response. Hep b can be reactivated, in people with inactive or resolved infections. By Cancer treatments, and some new monoclonal antibodie therapies.

hope that helps
best to you


Thank you so much for taking time and answering my question!
Can I ask you, do you know how common is hep b reactivation in praxis and should we fear it? When virus reactivate, does it become chronic or it's like another acute infection?

ppm guy
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   Posted 5/24/2017 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Belle,
reactivation is not common.. and can be avoided.

let any dr that treats and or prescribes medication for your BF,know of his situation..And ask if treatment or medication can cause immune suppression..

reactivation is most often resolved by immune response.. monitoring his hep b antigen during immune treatment is advised.

this is not something to be concerned with. just let your drs know

Belle05
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   Posted 5/26/2017 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you once again. So, basically, if he doesn't get treatment that can cause immune suppression, there is no reasonable risk of reactivation?

ppm guy
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   Posted 5/27/2017 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Belle,
yes!!!

I had hep b in 1968, and cleared it by immune response. ive needed high dose steroids frequently in the last 10 years. I use steroids for a autoimmune disease(MS). they reduce the immune system during autoimmune flare ups. I have had no problems.

Belle05
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   Posted 6/7/2017 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
ppm guy said...
hi Belle,
yes!!!

I had hep b in 1968, and cleared it by immune response. ive needed high dose steroids frequently in the last 10 years. I use steroids for a autoimmune disease(MS). they reduce the immune system during autoimmune flare ups. I have had no problems.


Thank you so much for help and information. smile
Maybe hep b reactivation isn't that common after all.
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