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I am a hepatitis B carrier, what precautions do I need to take for my pregnant wife?

Q: All my tests other than anti-HBsAg are negative. My DNA is not detectable and my health is normal. I got married six months back. Only after taking the third dose of hepatitis vaccine did I have intercourse. We have been given fourth booster dose of Hep-B vaccine. Now my wife is pregnant. Do I need any more vaccine? What steps do I have to take to safeguard my wife and child?

A:You need to check her for hepatitis B Inform the infant’s paediatrician, obstetrician/gynaecologist, and labour staff that they are a hepatitis B carrier.

  • Make sure the baby receives hepatitis B vaccine at birth, one month and six months of age as well as H-BIG at birth.
  • Be seen at least annually by their regular medical doctor.
  • Discuss the risk for transmission with their partner and discuss the need for counselling and testing
  • Liver function testing is recommended for women who test positive for HBsAg.

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