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A 21-year-old male asked:

Can chronic hepatitis b inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gehrig Harris
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Hepatitis B: Roger the answer to your question is no, chronic carriers don't normally clear the hepatitis infection. 95% of people will clear an acute infection but if the infection becomes chronic they tend to keep the infection. The majority of chronic infections don't cause many problems but it can progress to liver cirrhosis in some cases. If you have hepatitis you should practice safe sex and see your doc
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Possible: For reasons that we do not yet understand a small percentage of hepatitis B carriers do clear the infection. Unless it is cleared hepatitis B carriers can transmit infection through sexual activity and blood exchange.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes.: It is possible. The rate of clearance is low - maybe 1% per year or so. The diagnosis of the inactive carrier state and clearance can both be tricky so be sure you are speaking with someone knowledgeable about Chronic Hep B.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

If I have a chronic hepatitis b infection, should I be on medication?

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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Maybe: Chronic hepatitis b may need to be treated, it depends on a variety of factors...Too complex to fully discuss on this board! you need to see a specialist in liver disease, get your labs done, including what is called a viral load, and liver tests as well as tests for various hepatitis b markers, and then have the specialist review your individual case and what they recommend, and why...
Last updated Aug 18, 2014

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