Thank you for your detailed replies Dr Tavis and Joan!
No Hep B has never been a barrier for my medical studies. Interestingly the only barrier I had was being prevented from physically entering the children’s ward as I tested negative for chickenpox (never had it) and back then the vaccine wasn’t available as yet!
Yes I’ve been working in health for almost 20 years now and normally insurance is included in our superannuation but since I started working decided (as a 20-something year old back then) that I didn’t need it! So I cancelled it and later when I’ve been trying to get cover, find you need to undergo all these tests, forms etc… so in the end have just given up trying and instead try to lead a healthy lifestyle.
This brings me to another point. There are some persons with Hep B who are on treatment related to high viral loads etc, but some not. Is there any research/evidence out there that looks at what one must do to avoid this? In terms of lifestyle/food/drink etc? Obviously one wants to try and keep one’s liver as healthy as possible but is there any research available that shows by doing XYZ you can lower/maintain viral load? My uncle passed away a couple of years ago with hepatocellular carcinoma and liver failure primarily because he did not believe he had Hepatitis B and refused all treatment!
For Australians with Hep B - how do you navigate looking after the illness? Do you rely on your GP to contact you and actively monitor this or do you need to keep tabs on when blood tests/liver ultrasounds are due etc? I’m personally very bad at keeping track of my own health and have no routine in place to monitor this but I see others talking about having regular blood tests/liver ultrasounds/fibroscans etc… I’ve ordered my own fibroscan many years ago but otherwise have never seen a hepatologist and find my GP only incidentally mentions about blood tests being due when I happen to see them for another unrelated issue.