Posted by: Graeme | 2008/10/31

Epstein-Barr viral infection


I am a semi-professional tennis player (as a hobby) and am in excellent health. 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with glandular fever and Hepatitis. The initial stages were very disabling (something I am not used to!), but I seem to be over the worst of the symptoms now. In fact I feel pretty well again. At this point in the illness I have four questions for the Doc:

1) Where could I have got this virus? Some people have said it probably came from unprotected sex, but I don' t recall any sexual encounters (protected or unprotected) 3 weeks ago. Could it have been from an encounter even further back and been dormant for a while, or could it be from some other source?

2) When will I be able to start practising tennis again (basic/light ball practice) and when will I be able to participate professionally again?

3) When will I be completely non contagious to people I interact with on a day to day basis (not intimately!).

4) After how many weeks may I start having intimate/sexual relations with my partner again (without the risk of passing on the virus)? Are there any particular sexual activities that are more risky than others (regarding this particular virus, not other STDs), such as " messy kissing"  (lots of saliva), unprotected sex, various forms of oral sex, kinky/unusual activities etc...
Months ago I had begun planning a romantic getaway which now falls 6 weeks after the start of the virus, is this still advisable?

Thank you for your time,

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Dear Graeme

Thank you for visiting

It seems like if you have a dirty mind and a lot of plans. Glandular fever is caused by a virus easily contracted by droplet contamination, i.e. an innocent kiss or someone merely sneezing on you. More and less the same way you will catch the flu virus. It is not called the kissing disease for nothing. Please refer to the following link regarding glandular fever:

Hepatitis however, is a more serious disease to have, depending on what type of Hepatitis you have contracted. Please therefore, be so kind as to advise if you have Hep A, Hep B, Hep C, Hep D or non-Hep D/E/F, in order for me to advise you on your other questions.

Kind regards

Dr Anrich Burger

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