Jumoke wrote to us yesterday worried her sexual health because her partner is living with hepatitis B. Matter-of-factly, it’s been 3 months since he was first diagnosed.
We at Whispa want to inform you about disease prevention measures, treatment and connect you with professional medical assistance, we also want to make sure infected people are able to live normal and well fulfilled lives .
For this reason, we thought to share our answer with you all, so keep reading if you want to find out if you are safe being with a person living with a hepatitis B patient.
The fact remains that hepatitis B is easier to contract than HIV. Also, did you also know that a person can be co-infected with hepatitis B and HIV? Well, that’s a topic for another day.
So, how does Hepatitis B Spread ?
People can easily transmit the hepatitis B virus, because there are high concentrations of the virus in various forms of bodily fluids including; blood, semen and vaginal discharges.
Disease transmission can also occur by sharing personal items like toothbrushes, razors or clippers.
But did you also know that hepatitis B is as easily preventable as it is contractible?
To keep it simple, Yes, you are safe if you are with a hepatitis B patient. However only under certain conditions.
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Ultimately, one can only contract the disease when their partner is in a chronic viral state and is not receiving any form of medical attention or taking preventive measures.
How to prevent the spread
Factors like poor hygiene and late diagnoses can contribute to the severity of the case, hence, the virus spreading easily.
So if you have a partner that is in a state where the viral load is under control, you might not have much to worry about. However, you are still at risk and the only way to ensure you are fully protected is to get vaccinated.
Vaccination gives you all-round lifelong protection against the virus. This is why it is strongly advised that all uninfected members of the family urgently take the Hepatitis B Vaccine.
In the event of the vaccine being unavailable or a delay in getting it, here are some safety measures to follow:
- Protected sex is a must.
- If the infected person has open wounds, they must be cleaned and wrapped up.
- Incase of spillage of body fluids of the infected, affected areas must be cleaned using: gloves, bleach and other cleaning agents.
- Infected pregnant women or lactating mothers may pass the virus to the child. So they should be vaccinated immediately.
- Avoid sharing personal items with infected persons.
In today’s society, not a lot of people understand hepatitis B; its symptoms, treatment options and preventive measures. This has led to not only the spread of the disease, but the social stigma attached to those who are already infected.
If you, a friend or a family member is living with a hepatitis B patient, we highly recommend getting tested and vaccinated.
Do you want to book an appointment today either for yourself, friend or family?
Click here to find out if you can get the vaccine. With Whispa, you get all the doses of hepatitis B vaccines and get a free hepatitis B screening too!
Your health is our priority