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About a week ago, I had sex with a condom with a hep b carrier (her virus is dormant). She was just starting her period, so there was blood around (we both plead temporary insanity). I didn't have any cuts, sores, etc.

Is hep B transmittable from a person who used to have it? Or only when it is active?

Is ordinary unprotected sex (not during a period!) a likely way for a man to get hep B from a woman?

Is kissing a possible way (saliva transfer)?

I have a doctor's appt on Tuesday, so I'll be able to ask him all these Qs too, but just wanted to hear something before then.
[QUOTE=amadeus]About a week ago, I had sex with a condom with a hep b carrier (her virus is dormant). She was just starting her period, so there was blood around (we both plead temporary insanity). I didn't have any cuts, sores, etc.

Is hep B transmittable from a person who used to have it? Or only when it is active?

Is ordinary unprotected sex (not during a period!) a likely way for a man to get hep B from a woman?

Is kissing a possible way (saliva transfer)?

I have a doctor's appt on Tuesday, so I'll be able to ask him all these Qs too, but just wanted to hear something before then.[/QUOTE]


Hi Wolfgang,

I don't know what you mean by she has hep b but it's dormant. Either she has chronic hep b--which is an active infection--or she doesn't. The test for live virus (PCR/RNA) determines this. Either there is live virus present or not. If she just means she has no symptoms right now, well that is no test of "active" or "dormant."

If you mean she still tests positive for the antibodies but NOT for live virus, well, once a person is infected they will carry the anitbodies for the rest of her life, so that test will always be positive (as far as we know). If she had hep b, recovered, has not live virus anymore, but still tests positive for the antibodies she is no more infectious, carries no more risk of contagion, than someone who never had hep b. And she is immune now so she can't catch it from you, either.
In this case, in other words, there is essentially no risk to either of you.

In general condoms are quite sufficient protection from hep b. Like hep c, it is not so contagious as hep A, but it is a little easier to get than c--somewhere in the middle, although still on the not-so-easy-to-catch end of the spectrum. I doubt kissing would do it, but my understanding is that it is at least possible with b, where it would not even be worth considering with c.

Your girl, however, probably means by "dormant" that she once had it but is now recovered.--the virus is gone. If so, you have nothing to worry about at all, but you (and she) would obviously benefit by some clarification of her viral status.



hope this helps


sean





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