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Hepatitis B. Do we have it or not?

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  • Posted By: JustWonderingYo
  • January 9, 2011
  • 03:23 PM

Friends, hello to you all. We (my wife and I) need your help in understanding what is going on. A brief timeline below...

- About 8 years ago, my wife and are are pregnant with our first child and she finds out she has Hepatitis B.
- About 8 years ago, I get tested and test positive for the antibodies which means I had an infection but my body fought it off.
- About 8 years ago, after the baby is born, my wife gets retested and she does not show that she has Hepatitis B.
Now fast forward to 2010...
- Wife and I find out we are pregnant. She gets tested and is showing Hepatitis B again!
- I get tested and I still have the antibodies against Hepatitis B
- My wife is told that they want to start her on treatment because her viral load is high but..
> She has a liver sonogram and her liver is fine. Has been fine for the last 8 years
> Has not had any Hepatitis B symptoms like jaundice, lethargy, nausea, etc for the past 8 years (except when she had the actual flu)

So we are terrified because we have lived the last 8 years thinking that she was fine and all of a sudden when we go to have our second child, all of this pops up. The child is in no harm and can get the immunoglobin shots from that respect, but the medication that my wife could have to take could cause the baby birth defects. We would have never took this major life step to have a child if we had known that knew that she had it. But no matter what happens to the baby, we will love it just the same! But we wonder, why she has only "had it' during her pregnancy? It seems to only show up then. On the one hand we are happy with the advancements of Hepatitis B treatments over the years but do not like the possible outcomes that could arise from taking the medication.
So please help us understand what could be going on here friends. We have been to a couple specialists who do not know what is going on.

For the record:
- The specialists want to recheck her viral load in Feb to see if the million copies per something have gone down. If not, they will start treatment; else they will wait until after the birth to start my wife on treatment.

Thanks friends and a Happy New Year to all!

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