A 26-year-old female asked:
got hep b shot 1 in 94, second and third 6 years later. should i get series again? 26 years old.
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Infectious Disease 34 years experience
No: No, the CDC does not recommend that series be restarted. If the vaccine series was interrupted after the first dose, the second dose should be administered as soon as possible. However, you had the second and the third dose after 6 yeas later and to determine immunity against Hep B, you should blood testing now to show adequate anti-HBs (at least 10 mIU/mL).
A 40-year-old member asked:
How is HBV transmitted?
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Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Blood/sex/vertical: This virus is considered a sexually transmissable disease. It can also be transmitted as a blood borne infection such intravenous drug use and sharing razors or toothbrushes. Our blood banks are very safe now and all blood is carefully screened but receiving blood transfusion in the past was a risk factor. Finally pregnant mothers with hepatitis b can pass the virus to their newborn.
A 31-year-old member asked:
What are some common misconceptions about hbv?
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Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Cancer risk: Several catagories of hepatitis b infection
chronic - infection leading to liver damage
inactive - infection without liver damage
resolved - prior infection that body's immune system has cleared
acute exacerbation or flare - active infection that suddenly worsens
reactivation - reoccurance of hep b after resolved
all patients particularly inactive have risk of hcc hepatocelluar carcinoma.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Wat is the medication for hep b?
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A Verified Doctor answered
Depends: There are several treatments for hepatitis b, but choosing one depends on the length of your exposure. For immediate treatment after infection: vaccination + globulins are given. For chronic stable: adefovir, pegylate interferon or/and entecavir. For chronic: there are several combinations of drugs acting on two of the virus's receptors. Please seek treatment from your primary care physician.
A 47-year-old member asked:
I have chronic hepb which has caused cirrosis is it likely to get worse ? Also what illnesses am I likely to get from it.
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Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: It will get worse and probably eventually kill you. Death will come even faster if you develop hepatocellular cacinoma, which is very common in this setting. Having hepatitis b managed even at your stage can cause the cirrhosis to reverse partially and give you years of feeling better. Good luck.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Positive HBsAG for 1 year. What does that means? Chronic hepa b?
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Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Implies chronic HepB: Need further testing to identify specifically your case. Your doc should be able to order the right tests. Lots of good treatment these days.
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