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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin Dr. Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
24 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Is hepatitis b contageous?

Is hepatitis b contageous?

Yes: Hepatitis b can be passed via all body fluid contact including, blood, saliva semen. One can be vaccinated to prevent acquiring the virus. However, until a patient receives these vaccines, they should not consider themselves immune to virus. ...Read more

Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Definition)

A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily ...Read more


Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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Is hepatitis b contageous for life even after treatment? I show signs and symptoms and my test for hepatitis b came back inconclusive, nervous here.

Is hepatitis b contageous for life even after treatment? I show signs and symptoms and my test for hepatitis b came back inconclusive, nervous here.

Don't worry: I think you are ahead of yourself! it sounds that the diagnosis of hepatitis b has not been made yet and yet you are already talking about being contagious after treatment. Won't you just copy the tests that were done for us to look at and give you more specific advice. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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What does reactive hepatitis b means? is it curable? is it contagious?

What does reactive hepatitis b means? is it curable? is it contagious?

It depends: It depend specifically on what test is reactive. There are a dozen different kind of tests and your question is impossible to answer since you did not share exactly what test is positive. Reactive could mean immunity from vaccination to immunity from prior exposure to active disease. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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How contagious is hepatitis b (hbv) around time of birth?

How contagious is hepatitis b (hbv) around time of birth?

Varies: Worldwide, commonest cause of infection-chronic carrier (mom) spreads virus to infant during birth process; this often will lead to a chronic carrier state in infant; process continues over generations. May be prevented with hbig to infant, subsequent immunization. Immunize before sex activity starts may decrease another source for carriage. Not all infected are carriers, or actively infected. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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What is hepatitis b?

What is hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is a virus that tends to infect the liver in humans. Transmission from person to person is by intimate contact (sexual activity) or blood exchange. There is a readily available blood test to see if you have it, and there is a vaccination available (3 shots over 6 months) to prevent you from ever getting it. Hepatitis b can lead to chronic infection and cirrhosis, possibly cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Causes of hepatitis b?

Causes of hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: There is only one cause: an infection with the virus that is known as hepatitis b. ...Read more

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What causes hepatitis b?

What causes hepatitis b?

A virus: The hepatitis b virus is transmitted via blood transfusion or other blood exposures, sexually, and at the time of delivery from mother to child. It can cause chronic infection which may result in cirrhosis and even liver cancer. There is a vaccine to prevent infection licensed in the usa in 1982 and there are some medications that can be used to treat chronic infection. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Is hepatitis b a lifelong sickness?

Is hepatitis b a lifelong sickness?

Can be, or not: Adult onset- chronic in about 15%. Onset as infant, at birth from mama who is a viral carrier ( most cases worldwide), typically long- term disease and/ or carrier. Rx available- can be effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin Dr. Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
24 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Is hepatitis b prevalent in the us?

Is hepatitis b prevalent in the us?

Yes: While not as prevalent as asia where the incidence is a high as 25 percent, there are probably over a million and half residents of the United States with hepatitis b. Most commonly it is seen in patients with asian ancestry and in alaska. ...Read more

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Dr. Yaw Otchere-Boateng Dr. Otchere-Boateng
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
years in practice
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What are the causes of hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is a specific Virus, that attacks the Liver and causes an inflammation of the liver, and damages the liver over time, which can be serious and deadly. Currently there is vaccination for Hepatitis B, and you are encouraged to get it. ...Read more

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Dr. Enrique Molina Dr. Molina
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
31 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Could hepatitis b & c be cured completely?

Could hepatitis b & c be cured completely?

Yes: Hepatitis c can be cured completely. Hepatitis b can be controlled, sometimes "cured" however it usually remains in your liver dna and can re-activate in certain occasions. ...Read more

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Cure for hepatitis b?

Cure for hepatitis b?

No: There's no cure, but there is effective suppressive therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Yonsei University College of Medicine
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Immune to hepatitis b mean?

Immune to hepatitis b mean?

Protection: Means that specific individual is well protected against hepatitis b. ...Read more

Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra Dr. Misra
Internal Medicine
18 years in practice
University of Pune, B. J. Medical College
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Is there a cure for hepatitis b?

HBV treatment: Hepatitis b when chronic is very hard to cure but certainly with current medications can be controlled just like diabetes. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Oh Dr. Oh
Pediatrics
11 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Can hepatitis B be drug induced?

Yes: I am not sure, but I think what you are asking is if you can get Hep B by using IV drugs (like heroin)? If so, the answer is unfortunately yes. Sexual contact and shared needles can both result in Hep B transmission, which is spread via blood or bodily fluids. My advice is, always practice safe sex, don't share needles, get vaccinated against Hep B, and get tested. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Ziboh Dr. Ziboh
Family Medicine
22 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

Depends: If you have never had the disease and want to avoid it get the vaccine.If you have had it, the vaccine would be of no benefit. If you have a low risk lifestyle and don't care if you get it, don't. Unfortunately, this is one disease that can be passed sexually, along with other insidious ways, and could result in severe illness or death. ...Read more

Dr. Jason Hemming Dr. Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
13 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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What is the remedy for hepatitis b?

What is the remedy for hepatitis b?

Medications: There are anti-viral medications that are used in certain people with chronic active hepatitis b. Best to see your doctor to discuss. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Borookhim Dr. Borookhim
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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How do doctors diagnose hepatitis b?

Through blood work: Which include hepatitis b surface antigen, hepatitis b surface antibody, hepatis b core antibody, hepatitis b e antigen, hepatitis b viral load etc. Depending on the combination of these etc, you can tell if its an acute infection or whether the person is already immune. ...Read more

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