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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Why are patients in hemodialysis at risk for hepatitis b infection?

Why are patients in hemodialysis at risk for hepatitis b infection?

Increased risk: Dialysis patients are at increased risk of contracting hepatitis b due to the fact that the virus can survive on environmental surfaces. Patients with hep b that are dialyzed on the same machine that people without hep b can cause this but this is not commonly done any more because of the increased risk. ...Read more

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Is homosexuality a risk factor for hepatitis b infection?

Is homosexuality a risk factor for hepatitis b infection?

Yes: Sexuality period is a risk factor for hepatitis b, so anyone who is sexually active is at risk. Some consider homosexuality as a separate risk factor because anal intercourse has a slightly higher chance of transmission, but this line is really blurred. The main point is that all sexual practices translate a risk of hepatitis b and other sexually transmitted infections. ...Read more

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Can there be a risk for hepatitis b infection?

Can there be a risk for hepatitis b infection?

More hep b info: The risk for hepatitis b has greatly decreased thanks to hepatitis b vaccine. This vaccine which prevents Hepatitis B Vaccine has been used now for years for all people beginning at birth. Please add more information to your question to be more specific about your situation. ...Read more

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Are there racial disparities in regards to hepatitis b infection?

Are there racial disparities in regards to hepatitis b infection?

NO: Hepatitis b is a dna virus which will infect its host regardless of race. However, this virus is passed through blood and vaginal or seminal fluids, which has resulted in increased frequency of infection within drug seeking populations or populations engaging in unprotected sex. There are also high risk groups, such as asians which have a higher incidencence of hepatitis. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for a hepatitis b infection?

Tincture of time: Most cases of acute HBV infection outside the perinatal period will resolve on their own (tincture of time). Chronic HBV infection can require medication. ...Read more

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What is the remedy for a hepatitis b infection?

Antiviral therapy: Not everybody with chronic hepatitis b infection needs to be treated. It is important to go to a doctor who has experience with hbv management. If someone does need treatment, Entecavir and tenofovir are very powerful and well-tolerated medications that prevent the hbv from making copies of itself. Once started, they may need to be taken for many years. Both can reduce the risk of liver disease. ...Read more

Condoms (Definition)

These are mostly closed end tubes of latex and occasionally other materials to cover the penis during intercourse and prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. A wise person uses them when the history of their partner is unknown. There are some available for women's use ...Read more


Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Definition)

Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation ...Read more