Boyfriend tested negative in 2016 (stomach biopsy) for h pylori; I tested + this year. Should he be tested again?
I am undergoing triple antibiotic therapy due to gastric problems from h pylori.
I understand that I may have had h pylori for years and am now showing symptoms. However, I am concerned, because it's also possible I contracted it this year.
Last year, my boyfriend tested negative for the bacteria via a stomach biopsy), but isn't it possible that I could have given it to him since I do not know for sure whether I have had it for years?
Should he be re-tested? I am concerned for him (he has GERD so I don't want to add more potential problems for him - he is not showing symptoms of h pylori) and also for myself, because I want to lower my risk of reinfection (with the understanding that I know I could still get infected elsewhere or even from him someday if he unknowingly contracts it).
If he tests + now, perhaps he can get treated and this will give us a chance to prevent giving it to each other.
Thanks for your time,