Can I or my kids get autoimmune hepatitis if my husband have it? He had liver transplant 5 years ago and after 5 years it got complicated because he stop to take his meds for 2 months thereafter, complications got worst and biopsy result were positive again of autoimmune hepatits. I need to know if sexual intercourse with proper protection can protect me from getting hepatitis?
Autoimmune Hepatitis in not caused by a virus. It is caused by your own immune system attacking your body. There is NO way that you can 'catch' this from your husband. However, there is a possible genetic factor with the disease, so your children 'could' be at risk, but this is something that doctors aren't sure about, as I understand it. Hope this helps.
I am 100% in agreeance with iloveigs....This is no way "catchable". You are just fine. But yes, your children are supposedly at risk of having this. Make sure to stay in close contact w/there Dr. and have there blood drawn. My Dr. said to start my girls on blood draws once a year when they turn 18. Or of course if they start to feel sick then immediately...I hope your husband is doing better now that he is on his meds again. I am assuming prednisone...Good Luck!
AIH is NOT contagious! You can't give it to anyone. You didn't "catch" it from anyone.
AIH, being an autoimmune disorder, is familial. However, your children aren't particularly at risk of developing AIH. However, they are at increased risk of developing some Autoimmune Disorder, as ADs in general tend to be familial. Some of the disorders are especially common in women.
The most common AD is Celiac Disease. Other well-known ADs are multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's Disorder -- and there are dozens of others. All of us who have one AD are more at risk than others for developing another. Any untreated AD can trigger other ADs.
I'm a little concerned that your doctor recommends testing for AIH (if I understand correctly when they reach 18. I don't think you should worry them unduly. I have a daughter; the first thing I asked my doctor when I was diagnosed was about the risk to her. He said that the increased risk of AIH, specifically, is insignificant.
Occasionally I hear of someone with AIH who has a close relative with AIH -- but very, very rarely.
One more thing, 9743km -- I don't understand why your doctor says to have blood draws when they turn 18. (First, in my opinion they wouldn't need testing for AIH at any age, unless they had symptoms.) However, you know that people of all ages have AIH. It most often develops in females, either young or in late middle-age (I think), but small children, even babies, can have it.
Joi 400, you say that he stopped to taking his meds for 2 months, things got worse, and "biopsy result were positive again of autoimmune hepatitis". First, you just can't stop taking the meds for AIH. You wrote in July, so by now this is probably sorted out. To suddenly stop will cause real problems. And, once you have AIH, you have it for a lifetime. It will never go away. You must pay attention to it, being monitored through blood tests to see how severe it is and how much medication is needed. Otherwise, the chance of dying from AIH is very high.This is serious stuff.
And, once again, you can't catch AIH from anyone, from sexual contact or any other way.
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