How contagious is hepatitis b (hbv) around time of birth?

Varies. Worldwide, commonest cause of infection-chronic carrier (mom) spreads virus to infant during birth process; this often will lead to a chronic carrier state in infant; process continues over generations. May be prevented with hbig to infant, subsequent immunization. Immunize before sex activity starts may decrease another source for carriage. Not all infected are carriers, or actively infected.

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What does reactive hepatitis b means? Is it curable? Is it contagious?

It depends. It depend specifically on what test is reactive. There are a dozen different kind of tests and your question is impossible to answer since you did not share exactly what test is positive. Reactive could mean immunity from vaccination to immunity from prior exposure to active disease.

My baby is 2months old and is getting shots tomorrow. He has just had one shot hepatitis B at birth. Is he missing shots?

Yes. Babies need their first set of vaccines (after the Hepatitis B shot at birth) at two months of age which includes DTaP, IPV, Hemophilous influenza (Hib), Hepatitis B (2nd booster), Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) (PCV 13), Rota. Usually DTaP, IP and Hib/ or HepB come as combination vaccine so baby ends up getting three needle sticks and one oral vaccine.

Can a woman give her baby hepatitis b through both regular and c-section birth?

Yes. Cesarian section does not prevent vertical transmission of hepatitis b. All the infants born to hepatitis b positive mothers receive Hepatitis B Immune Globulin in addition to Hepatitis B Vaccine within 12 hours from birth. Two subsequent doses of hep-b vaccine are given to them at 2 and 6 months of age just as to other infants.

I am having hepatatisb and my wife is vaccinated against hep b if she give birth will the child get hepatitis b?

No. If she is immune, baby will be ok but needs to be vaccinated after birth.
Is she negative? If you as the male have hep b, and she does not, and it is documented, the risk is low for the baby. Some may not convert right away though, so she may be in the early stages of infection, and so covering the baby with hep b Immune Globulin at birth may be a good idea (just tell the OB about the exposure). Most likely risk would come from direct exposure from you to the baby, so immunize at birth.

Can a hepatitis b virus affected woman give birth to a child who will not have it?

Yes. Those who acquired the germ before pregnancy can still pass it on to their newborn. However, infant vaccination at birth with simultaneous administration of Hepatitis B Immune Globulin can often prevent transfer of the germ during the birth process. Consult with your OB and the pediatrician involved so the material will be available at delivery.

My wife is HBV infected. Can a hepatitis b virus infected woman give birth to healthy child?

Yes. Those who acquired the germ before pregnancy can still pass it on to their newborn. However, infant vaccination at birth with simultaneous administration of Hepatitis B Immune Globulin can often prevent transfer of the germ during the birth process. Consult with your OB and the pediatrician involved so the material will be available at delivery.

Is hepatitis b curable? Just found out that hbag reactive when was pregnant. Gave birth already, bby got the vaccine. Will I be cured?

Possibly. With the info available it is impossible to tell at what stage of infection the hepb is. If this was early, before your body developed antibodies you might still do this and eliminate it yourself. If it becomes chronic you will need to be evaluated to learn whether treatment is necessary. See either a hepatologist or an infectious diseases expert.

Is hepatitis b contageous?

Yes. Hepatitis b can be passed via all body fluid contact including, blood, saliva semen. One can be vaccinated to prevent acquiring the virus. However, until a patient receives these vaccines, they should not consider themselves immune to virus.