Will my unborn baby be affected by my hepatitis B surface antigen status?
Q: I am a 26 years old pregnant woman. During pregnancy test, I came to know that I am HBsAg positive. I have never experienced any symptoms and am perfectly healthy otherwise. The liver function test (LFT) reports are normal; antigen negative and antibody positive, HBV DNA positive. What should I do? Is my baby at risk of getting infected from me?
A:She seems to be an inactive carrier with HB virus. If so she needs no treatment. Just need a check up at 6 months or yearly basis with LFT. HBV- DNA being positive does not mean much. We need to know the actual values. More important is to vaccinate the child at birth.