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    Old 08-14-2004, 10:32 AM   #1
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    Hello all........ I may have Hepatitis B. I have not been tested because I am chicken I guess. I understand it is a sexually transmitted virus. I was with a guy three times who had a long relationship with a woman who has Hepatitis C & B. I have no symtoms. But I have to admit I know next to nothing about it. Is there really a chance I could have it? I know I sound stupid...... but I am on this subject.

     
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    Old 09-06-2004, 09:53 PM   #2
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    Yea, Hep B is STD, but BUT it is also pass through saliva, so I dont think it counts as STD . Are you vaccine against it??

    You can get Hep B from eating out of someones plate where saliva may of have come in contact. Or if you drink out of there cup.

    So if you are worried about family members knowing, just tell them u drank out of someones cup who had Hep B.

     
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    Old 09-07-2004, 06:28 AM   #3
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    Hi. I disagree with the premise that HBV can be contracted from sharing plates or cups. According to my gastroenterologist the chances of HBV being transmitted in this manner via saliva is pretty impossible. Although the HBV virus is present in saliva, getting the virus through contact of this body fluid is extre extremely rare...see my FYI post from August. However, I would be more concerned that you may have contracted HBV through sexual contact. If you practiced safe sex then you're probably okay. Just the same, you should consider getting tested.

    Here's a good QA that may help. It's an excerpt from one of many informational documents that I've received from my GI. These documents are written by medical experts in the field of liver disease and gastroenterology:

    How is HBV spread?
    HBV is found in blood and certain body fluids—such as serum, semen, vaginal secretions—of people infected with HBV. HBV is not found in sweat, tears, urine, or respiratory secretions. Contact with even small amounts of infected blood can cause infection.

    Hepatitis B virus can be spread by:
    unprotected sex
    injecting drug use
    an infected mother to her child during birth
    contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person
    human bites
    sharing a household with a chronically infected person
    sharing items such as razors, toothbrushes, or washcloths
    pre-chewing food for babies or sharing chewing gum
    using unsterilized needles in ear or body piercing, tattooing, or acupuncture
    using the same immunization needle on more than one person

    Hepatitis B virus IS NOT spread by:
    casual contact like holding hands
    eating food prepared by an infected person
    kissing or hugging
    sharing silverware, plates, or cups
    visiting an infected person's home
    sneezing or coughing

    What are the symptoms of hepatitis B?
    Most people who get HBV infection as babies or children don't look or feel sick at all. Similarly, almost half of adults who get infected don't have any symptoms or signs of the disease. If people do have signs or symptoms, they may experience any or all of the following:
    loss of appetite
    yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)
    nausea, vomiting
    fever
    weakness, tiredness, inability to work for weeks or months
    abdominal pain and/or joint pain
    dark urine

    Hope that helps
    C

     
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    Old 09-09-2004, 06:14 PM   #4
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    that infor was great reading thank you.

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