Nurses with Hepatitis B in the Philippines? - page 2

Just graduated last March 2008 and took the boards this June. The thing is, I'm a chronic carrier of Hepatitis B. I already searched the forums and from what I've read, hospitals in the USA, Canada,... Read More

  1. by   bubbles0220
    thanks silverdragon!

    jahda_ph hi there! im also a chronic healthy carrier, and all my lab exams were normal. i think your doctor recommended you for the dna level? am i right?

    im from the province too and im still saving up for my coming to manila for further tests..good for you that you already applied for the us, i hope everything goes well. i also hope you could share your events with me. im still groping around on what to do next. hope to hear from you and others too!
  2. by   zerisse
    Don't panic. A know a lot of nurses and student nurses who have Hep B because we know that a good number of Filipinos either are carriers of Hep B or have Hep B. My cousin is a Hep B carrier and she already had a go signal to continue applying for the UK. I am also a Hep B carrier but I think I'll have to think about the NCLEX first before thinking about getting a job since I'm already in the US...
  3. by   bubbles0220
    hi zerisse! thanks for replying on this thread!

    yes, a lot of filipino's are carriers but despite this fact, the discrimination is high here. it's quite difficult to openly discuss this issue to other persons and the information that is likely to be gathered is quite few because this condition is somewhat a taboo here.

    are you an old visa holder? or did you really apply so that you could go there? could you share to me the steps that you did or even the steps that your cousin is doing?

    thanks in advance! tee cee!
  4. by   zerisse
    Yes I know about not discussing about Hep B in the Philippines because I have lived in the Philippines for more than 20 years and I think this has something to do with Hep B being sexually transmitted and a blood borne disease.

    To answer your question, I already had my visa a few years back from my parents so I didn't apply as nurse. I didn't go through all the exams that are required for the non-visa holders so I don't really know what to say regarding this matter.

    Unfortunately bubbles my cousin is still doing her physical exams and is doing necessary paperwork so I'll have to ask her for more info.
  5. by   bubbles0220
    Hi! I hope you could update me on her progress zerisse. Maybe you and her could enlighten me on my plight.

    Many thanks!
  6. by   jahda_ph
    hi bubbles and everyone! yes, let's just hope and pray that whichever place we'll be applying,they would consider us since being Hep B + is not the true measure of being a nurse. I'm actually quite anxious everytime i think of how my medica examination will push thru since i'm waiting for my approval for working visa for US. I just hope my DNA result will show the virus to be non-replicating. I'll post here of my latest events as soon as possible. God bless to all of us. Let's be positive about this, let's not allow this condition to beat and outdo us. Till next time'
  7. by   bubbles0220
    Hi jahda! yes being hep b+ could never be a gauge in one's true abiliies. I just wish that someday we'd have what we yearn for and be successful in our profession.

    I hope to hear from you soon!
  8. by   kuchigwen
    hi also new in this a nurse .im also diagnosed with hepa about to work as a nurse in jeddah but unfortunately gamca cancel my visa because my medical result i have hepa b..please so deppressed and i almost want to kill myself because of the result...pleade help
  9. by   boot_unit
    Quote from kuchigwen
    hi also new in this a nurse .im also diagnosed with hepa about to work as a nurse in jeddah but unfortunately gamca cancel my visa because my medical result i have hepa b..please so deppressed and i almost want to kill myself because of the result...pleade help
    hey dont be depressed just read the first and second thread
    im sure they can help you, you are not alone in your delima
  10. by   monita25

    i been reading a lot of thread and i came across this one. someone with a hepa b also, wanting to work abroad he sought help from someone and was advised to eat a kilo of avocado a day, another one is a seaman who was able to work again after taking this medicine. i will try to search for it and tell you next time. for now try eating avocado, maybe it might help...
    dont get depress,
  11. by   EwwThat'sNasty

    However be aware that different "programs" have different requirements. For instance the hospital where I worked (I heard) required a person to be Hepatitis negative to enter their training program. (At one time they took in about 100 RP graduates a year).

    Since Hep B is a blood to blood transfer route, (though there are other routes that are not relative to patient care) and Universal Precautions block that route it does not seem that being a Chronic carrier would be an impediment.

    When I teach Bloodborne Pathogen classes I try to get my students to understand why chronic Heb B is not much of a problem in the US but is elsewhere. The answer is simply that most hep-b transfer occurs at or near birth in Asia. This is not the case in the US. Here Heb-B transfer occurs generally as an adult. Therefore the adult immune system is more competent to overpower the virus and here Hep-B chronic carriers are much less of a percentage of those who become infected when they were infants.
  12. by   bubbles0220
    to all especially to zerrise and jahda:

    are there any improvements on the cases that you presented? any light? how were the medical exams and what happened?
  13. by   Burden_Desire
    Hi...good day to all...just new here..Well we have the same burden....Im a Hep B Carrier....Not infectious.....We all afraid in discrimination (who likes one huh...) Im afraid of not being able to land a job, afraid of losing my friends (if they found out)... So glad that im not alone...Happy to know that we are in the same situation...Im glad to drop by at this site by "accidents".....So keep in touch....