If hepatitis B hadn’t ended the relationship, it would have been some other issue.
Here are two pieces of valuable advice for those looking for love while living with hepatitis B.
It’s a resilient virus, can live for up to a week on a dry surface and it’s 50- to 100-times more infectious than HIV. If you have a high viral load (HBV DNA), you may still be putting partners at risk of infection if they have bleeding gums, mouth sores, or anything that increases the likelihood of infectious fluids entering their bodies.
In fact, sexual contact is the most common way hepatitis B is spread in the United States. New hepatitis B cases have indeed been steadily declining since the vaccine was introduced in the 1980s, but not everyone has been vaccinated. As a result of the heroin epidemic sweeping through rural America, new hepatitis B infections have risen for the first time in decades among 20- and 30-year-olds who were not lucky enough to be immunized during childhood. Bottom line, oral sex has a lower risk of spreading hepatitis B than other sexual practices, but some risk remains.
That’s how my dad decided on the person with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life.
I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly.
So let’s see how much you know: I’m in my 20s and can safely assume everyone has been vaccinated against hepatitis B, so I don’t have to disclose my infection. And don’t forget, other sexually-transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are spread through oral sex.
Using a condom or dental dam reduces infection risk. It’s not gender but sexual activity that usually defines the infection risk, but in this case an uninfected woman is at very high risk of infection if she has unprotected sex and is on the receiving end of hepatitis B-infected semen. Semen and vaginal fluids have intermediate levels, and urine and feces have the lowest level.
You need to know that, and we need to decide how to protect ourselves… Having a thorough understanding about hepatitis B can make it easier for you to explain it to a potential partner.
The more you know, the less you fear, and the more comfortable you will be in dispelling their fears and conveying a sense of truth and integrity.
” before putting his hand in her face and turning away.