Counseling the Patient with Chronic Hepatitis B Infection
Last updated: October 5, 2010
A 26-year-old woman was recently told that she has chronic hepatitis B. She underwent hepatitis B surface antigen testing at a local public health clinic, and the test was repeated 6 months later and confirmed again to be positive. She is upset about her new diagnosis, stating, "I feel well, I don’t know how I could be infected." She was born in the Philippines. She says that she was vaccinated as an adolescent and thought the vaccine would have protected her. She is worried about how to break the news to her fiancé. She and her fiancé have been sexually active together for approximately 1 year. Her partner has not received hepatitis B vaccine.
Which of the following statements would be considered accurate information when counseling this woman with newly diagnosed chronic hepatitis B?