I think there is also a sort of shame, maybe embarrassment also. If it was like diabetes or something one maybe could be open about it. Having hep b as STD or STI, makes it sound its “dirty”.
When you fill out a job application, they do ask you if you have any medical conditions. They list various of conditions but not hepatitis b specifically.
I wouldn’t dare tell anybody at my work. I m sure people with HIV is in the same boat as us, CHB. Sometimes even at the doctors, I feel the doctor office employee are like “hep b…gross”. But it’s all in my head. I was watching family guy the other day, and they had a skit on hepatitis. I was like … ehhh that’s the way the public feels about hepatitis. It’s gross. BTW, love watching family guy.
But bottom line is no amount of discrimination can top the fear of getting HCC or cirrhosis or any liver failure from hepatitis b mind games within. It’s just another straw to the camels back.
I found out after I got married and had kids. I sometimes think my wife would not have married me let alone dated me if I knew or she knew about my hepatitis b.