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Conceiving without being infected with HBV

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Hello. I am in a serious relationship and my partner has chronic HBV. I have been immunized and my titres are at protective levels and ours physicians are following both of our titre levels closely. We would like to establish a long-term relationship and have talked about marriage and eventually having children. However, we are both concerned about the risks of me developing the infection and then passing it on to our children. Can you help us with this question? Thank you.

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replied February 11th, 2010
Liver Disorders, Hepatitis A,B,C Answer A9948
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know whether you can have children and a long-term relationship with an HBV positive person without being at risk of developing infection and passing it on to your children.

HBV is a virus that causes hepatitis. It can develop in fulminant( extremely fast and fatal condition), acute or chronic hepatitis. It can be passed during unprotected sexual contact, blood transfusions, re-use of contaminated needles and syringes, and vertical transmission from mother to child during childbirth. The virus can be transmitted between family members within households by contact of non-intact skin or mucous membrane with secretions or saliva containing HBV.

Given the data that you described you want to establish a long-term relationship with a partner who experiences chronic hepatitis due to HBV infections. You might want to consult with an infectologist about the risk for developing hepatitis. Since there is a great risk of being infected with this virus during intercourse, you may consider consulting with a gynecologist and a specialist for artificial conception about whether you might have children with your partner without being exposed to unprotected sexual contact.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as an infectologist and a specialist for artificial conception for further advice and information about conceiving without being infected with HBV.

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