From what I have read EBV is only contagious if it develops into "mono", or as some call it the kissing disease. Mono is spread through saliva, so you could get it through kissing , drinking , or sharing utensils, but only if it is actual "mono".
Alot of people will test positve for EBV, but most of the time it lies dormant. Testing positive just means you were exposed to it at one time or another in your life. I test positive because a co-worker had "mono", I did not get "mono", but I was exposed to it and that is why i test positive for it. That was over 15yrs ago. Now I am sure I could at one time or another get mono, but from I have read and been told by my doctor, "nothing you can do for EBV when it becomes mono except treat the symptoms and ride it out."
When you EBV causes "mono" you will know. My co-worker literally ran fever all the time, she was so sick with it. It took about 3 months for her to come back to work, we were exposed because doctors did not know what she had , so she continued to come to work, but no one from our work got mono. She was a freshman in college, so that is where she got hers from.
Now does your close friend, have fever? sore throat? swollen lymph nodes? Is it just postive for EBV or actual "mono"? If just positve for EBV but no "Mono", your fine.
Again, this is just what I have read and been told from my doctor.
I asked my doctor and he says it is rare to get mono twice unless you have a very weak immune system. I have been exposed, but have never gotten mono. My doctor told me I could had have already had it, just did not know it if the symptoms were mild (mistaken for a viral infection, cold or sinus) and did not affect me badly. Now he said if i were to get it again, i may not even get the symptoms associated with it.
This is what my doctor told me (Infectious disease doctor). I am under his care at the moment for other issues, it just happened I came up positive for EBV.
There is not anything you can do if you test positive for EBV, no medication to take to keep it at bay from becoming active mono.
I was like you concerned because I am married and have a 15yr old son and I am around a lot of people, including co-workers, so I did drill the doctor with questions.
You have a very low risk of getting EBV from your friend, but I doubt you will unless she has active mono.
It sounds like you have an active infection of EBV, but don't worry, it's nothing to freak out about! Have you ever had mono? If not, welcome to the club! I hope I'm not sounding rude by what I've said, but Epstein-Barr is a very common virus (90% of people have acquired it by age 30). I'm assuming you're feeling sick, and that's why you had the test? What did your doctor have to say about it?
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