I was wondering if you all could help me. I was recently diagnosed with Hepititis B. I have had it since I was 17. I have had several surgeries and bloodwork done, but noone has ever found it or found anything wrong with my liver. Why am I not having problems with my liver? I thought Hepititis was a very serious thing. Should I be a nurse and possibly affect others? I am interested in your opinion. Thanks..
PS. I am 37 yrs old.
Feb 24, '04
You could be a asymptomatic carrier. You may have gotten the disease, had mild symptoms, recovered and that was that. Many people have flu like symptoms when they are actually having a case of hepatitis b. I was told when I was applying for a job at the VA 12 years ago that I had hepatitis b. I had never ever had any symptoms. My liver enzymes however are on the high side of normal. (Last time I checked them was about 10 years ago though, shame on me
Just keep an eye on your liver bloodwork periodically as your md recommends and relax.
Last edit by Tweety on Feb 24, '04
Feb 24, '04
In most cases, one simply has the disease, fights it off, and is thereafter immune. You are NOT, in this case, a risk for other people, any more than someone who took the Hep B shots is a risk. You can have a titer drawn to see whether you are immune, and if so, no big deal. It simply means you do NOT have to take your Hep B vaccination shots like most other nurses do.
It is MOST unlikely that you have had an ongoing case of Hep B for all these 20 years.
Now Hep C, on the other hand, is quite a different story.
At any rate, get the facts from your doctor, since you don't seem to have them now, because the "opinions" you asked for aren't relevant. What difference would it make if someone had the opinion that you either were or were not a danger to others? It is the facts that make the difference.
Last edit by sjoe on Feb 24, '04
Feb 26, '04
hi mr. 3rd shift guy!
i have been wondering if you were accepted in VA when they found out you had hep b. did they accept your application? do they check this disease in all hospitals you apply in the U.S. or Canada?
what about in the immigration for giving green card?
i have written here last time but not one single person had commented on my thread...maybe i will post again the same thread.
thanks a lot!
Last edit by mrs.tlc on Feb 26, '04