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A 37-year-old female asked:

Is h.pylori contagious? treatment needs to be followed by spouse too? once h. pylori was treated is it gone for good or can you relapse? thank you.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Moots not: Contagious and the spouse does not need treatment but relapse is common
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Not contagious: so spouse does not need treated. You can get H.pylori again.
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Kind of: H. pylori is often acquired in childhood and can be spread within a family, but the actual route on which it is spread remains unknown. Your spouse doesn't need treatment unless he has symptoms and proof of infection. It is possible to relapse but this does not occur often.

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Last updated Feb 6, 2017

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