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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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What does it mean to be chronically infected with hepatitis b virus?

What does it mean to be chronically infected with hepatitis b virus?

Hepatitis B: Chronic hepatitis is commonly associated with hepatitis b virus. This means the virus is continually living or replicating the the liver. This usually occurs after blood transfusions or IV drug use. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the hepatitis b virus to be found in the blood?

How long does it take for the hepatitis b virus to be found in the blood?

Few weeks: It may detectable within a few weeks. But a diagnosis of chronic hepatitis b is only made after surface ag or viral load is detectable for 6months. ...Read more

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What are some barriers (natural, human body defences) to the hepatitis b virus?

What are some barriers (natural, human body defences) to the hepatitis b virus?

Hepatitis B infectio: Not being of black, hispanic and Asian origin is one barrier to acquisition of hepatitis b virus (hbv) infection. Other factors include later age at first intercourse, abstinence and monogamous relationship. Because of the implementation of routine HBV vaccinations of infants in 1992 and adolescents in 1995, the prevalence of HBV infection has declined. In taiwan- from 10% in 1984 to 1% in 1994. ...Read more

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How do u cure hepatitis B virus?

How do u cure hepatitis B virus?

There is no cure.: Most cases resolve on their own in 4-8 weeks or so. A small percentage of patients will have a chronic infection and be carriers. Best course is prevention with hep B vaccine and utilizing blood/body fluid precautions. ...Read more

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Could I recover from hepatitis b virus?

Could I recover from hepatitis b virus?

Yes: Most people recover completely with no residual infection. They develop a positive surface antibody (hbsab) and lose their surface antigen (hbsag). However, about 10% go on to develop chronic hepatitis, maintaining their hbsag. In such cases, cure isn't possible, but the infection can be treated with medications that will help to prevent complications. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be hepatitis b virus carrier?

What does it mean to be hepatitis b virus carrier?

Virus is just there.: Carrier status=you have the virus in your body but fortunately is not causing any problem for you. Your body is somehow keeping the virus well-behaved and no affecting your liver. However, you can still transmit the virus. I.E via needle sharing/body fluid, or from mother to child in utero or birth. Make sure you follow doc regular to make sure it does not turn active. Get vaccinated. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can hepatitis b virus last in one's body?

Can be lifetime: Most people clear HBV within several weeks but some never clear it especially if acquired neonatally. ...Read more

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How long can the hepatitis b virus live outside the body?

1 week or longer: Hepatitis b virus can survive in the environment for 1 week or longer but is inactivated by disinfectants including household bleach. ...Read more

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Can a hepatitis b virus carrier get rid of it?

Can a hepatitis b virus carrier get rid of it?

Complicated, but RX: Too complicated to get into details here. However, there are meds available to help get rid of carrier state, and lower viral count. See your doc re: your individual details of infection. ...Read more

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How does the hepatitis b virus attack the immune system?

How does the hepatitis b virus attack the immune system?

HEPATITIS B: Liver injury is determined by patient's immune response to infection. Hepatocellular damage is indicated by the presence of serologic immune markers, predominance of t lymphocytes and plasma cells. Response to therapy with corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. ...Read more

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How does hepatitis b virus cause people to get cirrhosis?

How does hepatitis b virus cause people to get cirrhosis?

Yes: Hepatitis b virus can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer but this is not inevitable. The best thing is to get treated for it and avoid other problems with the liver such as alcohol. ...Read more

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Can you live a long life with the chronic hepatitis b virus?

Chronic active Hep: Chronic active hepatitis b can now be treated. Long term infection can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and to liver cancer. See a hepatologist or infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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How many times must one get vaccinated to become immune to hepatitis b virus?

The course is: Three doses over six months. As long as one develops the protective antibody (anti-hbs), one is immune. It is known that the antibody levels wane over time but it appears that immunity lasts longer than detectable antibody. But unclear if it is lifelong. ...Read more

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Can a hepatitis b virus affected woman give birth to a child who will not have it?

Can a hepatitis b virus affected woman give birth to a child who will not have it?

Yes: Those who acquired the germ before pregnancy can still pass it on to their newborn. However, infant vaccination at birth with simultaneous administration of Hepatitis B Immune Globulin can often prevent transfer of the germ during the birth process. Consult with your OB and the pediatrician involved so the material will be available at delivery. ...Read more

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How many times must one get vaccinated in their lifetime to be successfully immune hepatitis b virus?

Usually Once: The hbv vaccine is a series of 3-4 shots over a 6 months time period. At least 90% of people will develop immunity following that series. A portion of remaining people will respond to a second series. There is a very small group who do not develop immunity from vaccination. Booster shots are no longer recommended for people with normal immune status who have been fully vaccinated. ...Read more

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Can a hepatitis b virus carier have unprotected sex if his partner has received the hepatitis b injection? The count for the virus is 500

Can a hepatitis b virus carier have unprotected sex if his partner has received the hepatitis b injection? The count for the virus is 500

Not responsible!: No, since you're not certain that your partner completed the series of vaccination and responded to the Hepatitis B Vaccine with adequately protective titers of anti-hepatitis b antibodies. If you have detectable virus you can transmit it! Please be responsible ; respect the health of others. ...Read more

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Any concerns about hepatitis b virus vaccination series:?

Any concerns about hepatitis b virus vaccination series:?

Not really: Hepatitis B vaccination has been proven very effective and safe! ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the hepatitis b virus vaccination series?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is a viral illness that is spread by blood or sexual contact. In this country, most babies now are vaccinated in the first year of life (birth, 2 months old, and 4 months old) to help protect them. If you have not had a Hep B vaccine, getting one is good way to prevent what can be a serious disease. For adults, there is a series of 3 vaccines (schedule depending on the brand). ...Read more

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Can korean red ginseng help in healing patients with hepatitis b virus?

Can korean red ginseng help in healing patients with hepatitis b virus?

No.: I would be careful taking any supplement with chronic live disease. ...Read more

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Normal liver function, should need to treat? I was a hepatitis b virus carriers. What drugs can clear the hepatitis b virus.

Normal liver function, should need to treat? I was a hepatitis b virus carriers. What drugs can clear the hepatitis b virus.

Doubtful: Asymptomatic carriage of hep b is common, although some hepatologists would recommend biopsy to be certain that the status of the disease is proven. There are several antivirals (lamivudine, adefovir, tenofovir, telbivudine, and entecavir), and immune system modulators (interferon Alpha 2a, and peg if Alpha 2a) which can be used in therapy, but your hepatologist would explain these effectively. ...Read more

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