The Possibility Of Contracting Hepatitis B After Having Sex With Hepatitis B Sufferers?

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Doctor. I want to ask how when a wife who is pregnant positively suffers from HBSAG, does the husband also get infected when having sex with his wife. Please advise the doctor!

1 Answer:

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Basically the hepatitis B virus can be transmitted through several ways:

sexual relations without using a condom with hepatitis B sufferers
use of syringes together with hepatitis B sufferers
transmission from pregnant women with hepatitis B to their babies
less common is transmission through blood transfusion or organ donation

Therefore, if you currently have hepatitis B, your unborn baby and your sexual partner are at the highest risk of contracting it. People who live with you also have a risk of contracting it even though the risk is not as high as your baby and sexual partner. You should bring your sexual partner and also people in your household to see a doctor. Spouses and people living with you should get a hepatitis B test as well and a hepatitis B vaccine to reduce the risk of contracting hepatitis B. You should have regular check-ups with your obstetrician and your childbirth should also be well planned because your baby must get the vaccine and hepatitis B immunoglobulin within 12 hours after birth to prevent hepatitis B infection in infants. Most hepatitis B infections in infants will become chronic infections (different from hepatitis B infections in adults who will generally heal themselves without medication), and the risk of liver damage will be much higher in infants.

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