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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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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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If I have a chronic hepatitis b infection, should I be on medication?

If I have a chronic hepatitis b infection, should I be on medication?

Maybe: Chronic hepatitis b may need to be treated, it depends on a variety of factors...Too complex to fully discuss on this board! you need to see a specialist in liver disease, get your labs done, including what is called a viral load, and liver tests as well as tests for various hepatitis b markers, and then have the specialist review your individual case and what they recommend, and why... ...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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How will I know when I have recovered from an acute hepatitis b infection?

How will I know when I have recovered from an acute hepatitis b infection?

Lab tests: Your lab test which show normal liver function tests and no hepatitis b virus detectable by PCR testing. ...Read more

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Can chronic hepatitis b infection cause cirrhosis?

Yes: Hepatitis b can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. The more inflammation present and the higher the viral load the more likely, one will develop cirrhosis. ...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 home remedies I can take for my hepatitis b infection?

Are there home remedies I can take for my hepatitis b infection?

No: In asia milk thistle is commonly taken. Its active ingredient silimarin has antioxidative properties, but it is not curative for hepatitis b. ...Read more

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How long can a person traced with hepatitis b infection survive?

Depends: Not an easy question to answer in detail since the effects of any illness or condition depend on the person. In general in 2013 would be optimistic about treatment and life. Some people with severe liver damage from hepatitis b may be able to have a liver transplant and extend life even further. Recommend sitting down with your doctor to go over the specific 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?

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

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Is hepatitis b infection associated with liver cancer?

Is hepatitis b infection associated with liver cancer?

Yes: Unlike most viral hepatitides, hepatitis b is associated with liver cancer regardless of the presence of cirrhosis. Therefore, blood test (i.e. Alpha-fetoprotein) and imaging study (i.E abdominal ultrasound) are recommended every 6 months beginning at the age of 40. ...Read more

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How do u detect hepatitis a and/or hepatitis b infection(s) when u have been immunized with twinrix? Antibody level would b high due 2 vaccination.

Answer: For detecting acute infection we look for hepatitis antigen. Then there are certain antibodies that are specific for acute verses chronic infection and immunized status as well. ...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


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Homosexuality (Definition)

Homosexuality is the sexual preference for a person ...Read more