First of all,there is acute hep b,which your own body kicks out ,usually within 6 mths,,,chronic hep b means you have hep cells still in your body following an acute infection of it,,,,,active chronic means you have hep cells AND it is actively multiplying in your system. That is my understanding at least. Hep b IS passed through sexual contact,but also through razors,hairbrushes,toothbrushes,,ect,,,actually the dr told me it can be passed through saliva if its chronic active,,,I dont have to worry about it because I had an acute case of hep b,and I now have antibodies,,,btw my husband has chronic active hep b,,,,the important thing to know about hep b is,,,,,,,there is a vaccination for it! If you are living in a household with someone who has hep b,or have close relations with them,you should definately get vaccinated,,,,,,for that matter get vaccinations anyway! there are a few treatments for hep b,,,,,interferon,barraclude,,,,and a few others,,,,,,is your friend seeing a hepatologist or a GI dr with special knowledge of hep? if not PLEASE try to get him to a specialist,,,,,,,so many drs dont know alot about hep ,even specialist sometimes dont know,unless its something they have dealt with alot,,,,,,we take all the precautions at our house,including all members of family vaccinated, no sharing of ANY brushes,washrags,glasses,ect,,,,anything that even a small amount of blood could be on and transfer to someone else...again,vaccination is the best bet to keeping yourself and others safe from exposure,,,,also have your dr run a test to make sure after the 3 series vaccination,that you have antibodies built up in your system,,as I was in the small percentage of ppl that was vaccinated and it did not take,,,,,got it on my wedding weekend ,,,hubby didnt know he had it until I developed a severe acute infection that I almost died from,,,,,good luck and I do hope your friend seeks out the advice of a good specialist ,,,,,,,take care and let us know how your doing and how your friend is.
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!!!"