Here are two pieces of valuable advice for those looking for love while living with hepatitis B.
A leader of the Hepatitis B Information and Support email list recently offered this sage counsel to members who feared they would never date, marry or have children because of their hepatitis B.
"Worrying about passing on the disease is pretty common," says Alan Franciscus, executive director of the Hepatitis C Support Project in San Francisco.
"I see a lot of people who are HCV-positive who are more worried about transmitting the virus than their loved ones are." It's important to remember that hepatitis C isn't easy to catch.
If anything, it can help you determine who is a good partner and will possibly be there for you in the long-term.
“Also, and this is the biggie, there is a VACCINE for hepatitis B.
Unfortunately we forget we are more than our illness and focus on the things we cannot change rather than the wonderful things we have to offer a partner.To me, it is important if the potential date has common sense and good character.Once I feel this person is worthy of my time and attention, I have the talk about my hepatitis B, and that HBV is vaccine preventable.You need to approach dating, not as who will ‘accept’ you, but rather who ‘deserves’ you. If you see a health issue like HBV as a unique barrier to intimacy others will not understand and might reject you for, you will create self-defeating thoughts that not only limit your happiness, but are inaccurate. Whether it is health, mental, social or financial, we all feel alone at times and want a connection with another soul.Dating with HBV can be compared to interviewing for a job.