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what if the person have a hepatitis bs ab?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Good news result: A positive blood test for hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) is good news. It indicates either past hepatitis B that has been cured by the immune system or by treatment; or previous vaccination against hep B. Either way, the results shows the person is immune to future hep B.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of hepatitis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Many: Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Can be infectious (variety of viruses including mono from epstein barr or cmv, hep a, b, c, d and others), toxic exposure or reaction to meds, drugs, alcohol, autoimmune, metabolic, conditions in pregnancy, obstruction to flow of bile, poor blood flow, and more.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you get hepatitis more than once?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes (many causes): Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, caused by infectious microbes (viruses, parasites, etc...) or toxic substances (alcohol, medications, iron overload, autoimmune antibodies, etc...) and has symptoms which include jaundice, fever, liver enlargement, and abdominal pain. Since there are many causes of hepatitis, an unlucky person can get hepatitis more than one time.
A 52-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to visit someone with hepatitis?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes!: Always use good hand hygiene when visiting anyone who is sick. You didn't mention what type of hepatitis your friend has--some types like hepatitis b and c are spread by contact with blood or sexual contact, so it is very unlikely you could be exposed to them by just a casual visit. Hepatitis a is commonly spread via food. You can have a nice visit without any direct physical contact.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What precautions should I take with other people if I have hepatitis?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Depends on the virus: Hep a is passed fecal to oral hep b is extremely contagious and is in all body fluids hep c is less contagious than hep b and is only passed via blood. Always practice safe sex.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What questions should I ask my doctor if I was just diagnosed with hepatitis?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Hepatitis cause?: Hepatitis means 'inflammation' of the liver. It can have many cuases and, at times, more than one. Viruses, alcohol fat, hereditary causes, medications or drugs, or other infections can all cause 'hepatitis'. It is important to understand the cause so you can be advised appropriately. Inflammation leads to scarring. Stage 4 of 4 scarring = cirrhosis (i.e. Alcohol not necessary)...

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