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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

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Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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What's a hepatitis b antigen?

Coat protein : There are a number of antigens associated with hbv, notably surface, core, e, and x. The surface antigen, hbsag, is the surface coat of the virus and the most commonly tested for. ...Read more

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Who should get viral hepatitis b vaccines?

Who should get viral hepatitis b vaccines?

Things to ponder: Hep B is a hardy virus, with infection documented from an accidental needle stick while cleaning out a house vacant X 6mo. It is a blood borne & sexually transmitted disease that is a leading cause of liver failure/ liver cancer & need for transplant. Anyone who might have exposure to another person's blood at any time in their life can benefit from the protection. ...Read more

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Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Yes.: It is possible. The rate of clearance is low - maybe 1% per year or so. The diagnosis of the inactive carrier state and clearance can both be tricky so be sure you are speaking with someone knowledgeable about Chronic Hep B. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis b communicable?

Is hepatitis b communicable?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is quite communicable, but it takes direct blood to blood contact (e.g., IV needles, transfusions, sex with someone who has it). There is a vaccine that is very effective to prevent it; it requires 3 shots. ...Read more

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Does hepatitis b vaccine prevent jaundice?

Only HepB jaundice: Hepatitis b vaccine will only prevent the jaundice caused by hepb virus infection (and hepa vaccine will likewise only prevent jaundice caused by hepa virus). Jaundice from other causes will not be prevented. Examples are newborn jaundice, hepatitis c, bile duct malformations, gallstones or gallbladder disease, alcoholic liver damage, other viral hepatitis, etc... ...Read more

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How is hepatitis b transmitted?

How is hepatitis b transmitted?

HBV transmission: Hepatitis b is transmitted via infected needle injury, infected blood and other bodily fluid exposure. ...Read more

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Does viral hepatitis C kill?

Does viral hepatitis C kill?

It can: Persons with chronic hepatitis c can develop cirrhosis and liver cancer especially in those with concomitant alcohol abuse. Most of those infected however when they die, die with the virus, not from the virus. ...Read more

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What causes the hepatitis b and c virus? Like mosquitoes causes malaria, what causes hepatitis b and c virus

What causes the hepatitis b and c virus? Like mosquitoes causes malaria, what causes hepatitis b and c virus

Wrong word: Mosquito bites transmit malaria which is caused by a parasite. Hbv and hcv are caused by viruses transmitted by blood and certain body fluids. ...Read more

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How is hep b transmitted?

Just like HIV: In very much the same way as hiv: through unprotected sex, especially intercourse, and through blood exposure (e.g. Shared needles and syringes). ...Read more

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Hepatitis b surface antigen non-reactive means what?

Hepatitis b surface antigen non-reactive means what?

No active infection: When people have reactive hepatitis b surface antigen, they have proteins from hepatitis b in their blood. These people have active infection and may need treatment. If there is no reactive hbsag, then most likely there is no active infection. Rarely, people who have hepatitis b core antibody detected, but no hepatitis b surface antibody, can have chronic active infection. ...Read more

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HBV test results: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative. Need any medication or vaccine?

Excellent question: and your story stumps many a doctor, often! :) a lot of the recommendations depend on - are you someone with risk factors for HBV? is this the first time that it has been checked? are your liver enzymes normal? are you about to undergo any procedures/ treatments that could put you at risk for HBV? If you have no sig risk factors, yes, I'd vaccinate you if there's potential for exposure. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis b antibody?

Hepatitis B ANTIBODY: After you have given three series of hepatitis b vaccine, body oruduces hepatitis b surface antibodies which is the marker of immunity against hepatitis b disease, and it can be measured in units.Hepatitis b core antibodies appear in persons infected with hep[atitis b and persist all life hepatitis b IgM antibody means acute infection with hepatitis b virus. ...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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Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Possible: For reasons that we do not yet understand a small percentage of hepatitis B carriers do clear the infection. Unless it is cleared hepatitis B carriers can transmit infection through sexual activity and blood exchange. ...Read more

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Is influenza b contagious?

Is influenza b contagious?

Yes: Influenza b virus is a respiratory virus spread by coughing, etc. The two main types of influenza occurring during "flu" season are influenza a and influenza b. Influenza b often causes more GI symptoms. ...Read more

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Immune to hepatitis b mean?

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Immune to hepatitis b mean?

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

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?

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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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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?

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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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?

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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