Nurses with Hepatitis B in the Philippines? - page 4

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   hepabman
    im also a hepa b carrier.. we have the same probz.. last year hospitals here in davao are not that strict about nurses with hepa b, i've been employed under HRMO of davao city for 2 months in Davao Medical Center and 5 months in Davao Medical School foundation hospital..but now, things are different. DMC wont allow Nurses with Hepa B to employed in their institution because they have no place for them/us. chief nurse said this to me not knowing im also a carrier.. at present im still applying, taking chances to get hired
  2. by   majah
    hi, thanks for this site, i felt relieved that i have some people who understand how i feel. we are on the same boat. I am a hepa b carrier, Im also a nurse. That disease hinders my dreams especially going abroad. I already had the chance once in middle east but when they found out that im a hepa b carrier, i was not given a visa. I really wanna go abroad with my family. I hope that those who are carrier who continue their dreams will update here, so we still have hopes. thanks and Godbless
  3. by   zerobelow30
    I'm also hep p positive. and i hope to all those folks infected with that virus will be united and have group so that we can discuss something for our future, i know you guys think of getting married to, having a family and children . when i found out i have this problem i feel hopeless. although

    I'm not a nurse but I'm going to study med related course in a few weeks from now.
  4. by   mfr.rn
    hi i would like to ask guys if i can still have a student visa in new zealand even though i am positive with hep. b, i am also a nurse and unemployed here in cebu city, if anyone knows a company here in cebu that would still hire hep.b positive and wont discriminate, pls do help me and inform me i badly need a job right now, hope to here from you all =) ♥
  5. by   Michelle_84454
    Hi guys!im a registered nurse suffering from Hep B also and im currently working as registered nurse in a tertiary hospital here in manila for almost 4 years.i have a pending immigrant visa in US and my priority date was feb.2007.while waiting for my application to process i decided to apply in singgapore as registered nurse.I just took my singgapore board exam this afternoon and the agency advise me to take the medical exam as soon as possible!and I'm afraid they will not going to hire me if they found out that im a hepa b carrier!I really want to go abroad to help my family.pls help me what am i going to do now!i started to feel hopeless!
  6. by   majah
    oh yes thats true. Let us unite because we are the ones who really understand the feeling. Thanks and keep in touch with any good things/news. Godbless
  7. by   hobbit20
    Hi to All,

    Friends im very new here just signed up myself minutes ago with the site inorder to post a comment sharing the same experiences with you all nurses with hep really afraid to apply abroad because of fear of rejection. I discovered my condition way back in the year 2006 during my 3rd yr first sem. we were almost 20 students reactive in our school but got to know 10 only bcoz we were scheduled by batch during immunization where we were called secretly telling us about our situation.had a little chat with our instructor together with the others about this and that and made us to express our feelings. From that i wasnt able to eat and sleep well for a week...very bothered how to confess to my family but God gave me the courage to do so and my family was very supportive..5 siblings in the family only 2 of us got the 2 elder sisters already had vaccines for protection. In our group of 10 hep b studz im the one who was very active in searching for other guys who has the same condition that could help enlighten. Im their shock absorber for i am like a sibling to them all where i encouraged them that life must go on..where most of the time i listened to their sentiments if they feel depressed and hopeless.even if i am not that strong im trying to be one for them to be able to draw some positive outlook in life. In terms of descrimination name it i mostly experienced it all, thanks God i have 2 bestfriends who was always there to cheer me up and support me.
  8. by   hobbit20
    To: Jahda ph

    Im curious what happens to ur application? Hope to hear from you soon you are one of those nurses who can really testify that there are hope in terms of our condition...Looking forward to hear from you soon whether its a good one or not...My prayers are always with you and for your endeavors...Kudos Nurses God is good.....
  9. by   hobbit20
    To: Jahda ph

    Hello i hope to hear from you was your application? You serve as one of our living proof that we filipino nurses with these condition has chances to work abroad and make a living to help our loved ones. If ever you read this one I hope you can share what happen to you now whether its good or not so good news..i am looking forward to hear from you...Thanks Kudos nurses God is good...
  10. by   balfore_rn
    hi there..
    im newbie in this forum and i was glad to find this site. well we are all in the same boat, suffered from fear of rejection, dilema, depression. found out that i was hep b+ way back 1998.. before the clinicals-- last few days of my 3rd year in college.. evry student need to be screened and immunized prior hospital exposure in manila. got soo stunned when university nurse approached me and talked to me in private that im one of the few who got + with hep b.. i was in a state of shock then but kept evrythng within me-- i was paperwhite then and feeling so sick to my stomach but i ddnt tell anybody nor my friends even if they've been soo concerned of whats going on with me. my mom got me right away to the doctor..and i was prescribed to take IMMUNOSIN (im not sure of the spelling) for a couple of days. i was 20yrs old then and all the dreams of a 20 year old suddenly collapsed-- i chose to be so quite in school & even at home, dnt have courage to tell even to my sisters.. i got so paranoid- i even separate my own silverwares,cups, plates, etc..,wash my plate and utensils with warm water for fear that my fmily might catch it too... i cried only once.. bcause of frustration.. but my faith with the LORD kept me sane.. few weeks after learning im + -- iv told myself the LORD gve this to me so HE knows that i cn conquer this illness. my mom brought me to a well known gastroenterologist in makati med tru the help of a family friend..they ran some labs..and i found out that my HBVDNA is also +..meaning im a chronic carrier.. i kept that result up to this time to remind me of my journey with hep b within me..

    i found a very warm and encouraging gastroenterologist in our province.. and that time the very first LAMIVUDINE medication just got out of asian market. my gastroenterologist ddnt want me to have interferon bcause of the side effects..he asked me if i want to try lamivudine which just got out of market and he got samples to give me whom he got from the convention he attended for the launching of the Lamivudine somewhere here in california. i ddnt hesitate told him whatever i takes il try it.. 1 tab of lamivudine then costs 150.00 Php nd have to take it evryday. i decided to lookfor a job to sustain my treatment.. got off from fatty foods.. eventually got hired in one of the hospital in our place.. they never required the staff to be screened for hep b then since the reagent is costly-per say--- i cntinued to work in that hospital for almost 5 yrs-- and just tryng to avoid hep b screening everytime they remind the staff to submit current screening result.. iv undergone lamivudine treatment for almost , maybe 3-4 or 5 yrs..i guess.

    my gastroMD stopped the treatment when eventually i got nonreactive result with my HbeAg though still reactive with HbsAG and still no anti body for both. per my gastro MD..the fact that i turned out to be NON REACTIVE with HBeAG..he said that im no longer 'infectious' but a chronic carrier.. its just that the virus was contained and not replicating as long as il be NON REACTIVE with HBeAG..but i still have the bug in my MD gave me a medical certificate stating that i am eligible to work abroad.. i cnt thank the LORD enough of what had turned out to be a miracle for me coz my papers to US got approved and was praying so hard that i may not hve trouble with the physical exam-- physical exam came at st lukes--blood draw was done.. got the shock of my life when staff called me and told me ''u have to come back next week-- for ur urine analysis-- i asked about the blood draw-- she said-- THE ONLY THING THAT U NEED TO DO IS UR URINE ANALYSIS OTHERWISE EVRYTHNG SEEMS to be clear!!! Praised the LORD..!!

    now im currntly working in one of the hospital here in california.. . THE THING IS.. WE HAVE TO CONQUER OUR FEAR.. KEEP OUR FAITH... just go on with life.. as long as you know how to protect urself and other people-- universal and standard precaution at all times. we just need to be more responsible. im happily married now--my partner- a nurse too- accepted me for what i am..
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Aug 10, '10 : Reason: Tagalog removed as per terms of service and paragraphed to read easier
  11. by   hobbit20
    hello balfore_rn,

    Thank you very much for posting your very inspiring story really give hope to us nurses here in PH..if i may can i ask some questions? did the employers of yours know that your a reactive to hep b? had you told the st lukes regarding your situation? and what happen to your certification from your doctor clearing you that you can work abroad? sorry if some of my questions are personal i just really want to know the whereabouts of it so that i would know what to do and what to expect looking forward that you can share to us about this...

    ..God bless us all..

    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Aug 12, '10 : Reason: pm to member
  12. by   hobbit20
    To silverdragon102,

    Thank you for editing my posts sorry i thought it was ok to write about something like sites..coz i thought that personal mails are only not allowed bt now i know...kudos to all nurses moderators..good job to all..

    To balfore_rn,

    Looking forward to hear from you soon..God bless always and have a good health at all times..

  13. by   angelofgod
    To balfore_rn and others,

    I am new here, and i'm in the same dilemma in these thread...i am really happy to read all your experiences and encouragements..Diagnosed way back 2006 when i'm in second year for world depressed and same feelings u all have experienced..then i decided to continue my chosen career and hope for the best and keep my faith to our lord..then thanks to our lord god ive finished my college and passed the board exam..then the this dilemma strikes me i'm confused and don't know what to do where to start... i prayed and prayed...i've decided to study other course that is not related to medical or heath but i've found myself not happy..maybe my purpose in this earth is still become a nurse...
    To balfore_rn, we have the same health treatment bout lamivudine i took it for one year and it cost 8thousand per month...then my HbeAG (indication whether ur highly infectious or not) became negative.... and had my DNA doctor discontinued the medication... i am now chronic carrier inactive and not infectious... and still praying for the best...i am planning now to take nclex after i've read the thread of you miss balfore_rn...and i get so inspired...i wonder if we can have private message and talk some stuffs bout are experiences i'm looking forward for your reply...many thanks...
    To others, just keep ur faith all things are possible with our lord jesus christ.. maybe for us it's a burden but i still wanted to believed that there is a message and plan behind our sickness....god is always good...god loves us..i don't want to give up so ive decided to give it a try and lift the next episode to god... and btw ive done research bout supplements for us... i'm taking ginseng extract, honey, virgin coconut oil once a day..then vitamins are important... vitamin c, multivitamis, vit e...and sometimes vit. b complex... most important are rest, 8- 10 hours sleep. no stressed, balanced diet everyday (with fruits,vegie,carbo and proteins), exercise and PRAYERS....i will have my next blood test this month..pls pray for me...hope my prayers granted.. since then i hve my own blood monioring every six months or twice a year...... GODBLESS EVERYONE!!! till next tym...we all can make it!!!