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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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Of all the health problems, why would I get hepatitis b?

Of all the health problems, why would I get hepatitis b?

Depends: You can get hepatitis b through sexually, blood to blood contact and during birth. In us and other developed countries, because of universal vaccination and screening, hepatitis b during birth and through blood product is exceedingly rare. If you are not immune, and get exposed to this virus, there is 5 to 10% chance of chronic liver disease from this virus. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis b even if I am vaccinated?

Can I get hepatitis b even if I am vaccinated?

Yes: Nothing is 100%. Hepatitis b is a bad disease and we hope if you do get it after the vaccine that it will be a much milder case. I have not had a patient with hepatitis b who has had the vaccine, nor have any patients that I have given the vaccine caught hepatitis b, that I know of.
I have practiced in the same community for 41 years. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis b from being kissed on my cheek?

Can I get hepatitis b from being kissed on my cheek?

Very unlikely: As long as you have an intact skin, an invasion of hepatitis b virus through it is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis b/c with high platelets?

Possible: Yes, platelets may go up with active infection or bacause of iron deficiency common with infections. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis b vaccine pill?

Can I get hepatitis b vaccine pill?

No: There are oral medicines that can be used to treat the virus but the vaccine is only injectable ...Read more

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I want to try anilingus on my girlfriend. I know this can cause many problems. Can I get a hepatitis b or a shot. Can I do this with out any risk?

To minimize risk: From rimming, wash the anal area prior to the activity and consider using some sort of barrier such as latex dam or even Saran wrap. Infections transmissible from rimming include all the forms of gastroenteritis which may be viral, parasitic or bacterial. Hepatitis a can be transmitted this way but not hepatitis b. ...Read more

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How do I get testing for hepatitis b?

How do I get testing for hepatitis b?

See doc or donate BL: Virtually any doc can run the tests on you. Also, if you go to donate blood, you will be checked. ...Read more

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What probabilty do I have to get hepatitis b if I am vaccinated?

What probabilty do I have to get hepatitis b if I am vaccinated?

Fairly low: If you are vaccinated and you have positive titers, you will be immune to hepatitis b. That being said, there is a rare chance (increased if you are older or immunocompromised) that the immunization won't "stick". If you are in a high risk situation, I would get your titers checked. ...Read more

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Where could I get vaccinated for hepatitis B? Whom could I consult about this with?

Where could I get vaccinated for hepatitis B? Whom could I consult about this with?

Health department: Your local health department should be able to do this, if your doc cannot. If not ask your doc what is available in your community. It's a good idea. ...Read more

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Can I get the 2nd hepatitis b shot after 2 weeks of getting my 1st hepatitis b shot? If not, how long do I have to wait?

Can I get the 2nd hepatitis b shot after 2 weeks of getting my 1st hepatitis b shot? If not, how long do I have to wait?

Yes: An accelerated vaccine schedule for hepatitis b is at days 0, 7, 21-28, and then 12 months later. This is good for travel or if you are not sure you can come back at week 4. Otherwise, wait until week 4, then come back for your third vaccine at month 6. Most people respond to this series. Remember, 1 -2 vaccinations are better than none, but not as good as following the full schedule. ...Read more

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I understand this Monday may 19th is national liver testing day Where can I get tested for hepatitis b this Monday may 19? I reside in central nj

I understand this Monday may 19th is national liver testing day Where can I get tested for hepatitis b this Monday may 19? I reside in central nj

Either...: ...arrange for testing through your primary care provider, or call the local health department. Next, If testing proves negative, and you have not yet been vaccinated, then consider same. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I get HIV or hepatitis b, c from raw meat?

No: Unless "raw meat" is a metaphor. You don't get these from food. However, raw meat ("steak tartare", etc.) puts you at risk for toxoplasmosis, and if it's pork for stuff that's even worse. I've never known a pathologist who eats any animal product undercooked. ...Read more

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I was having my blood drawn today. The nurse dropped her gloves on the floor and then used them to draw my blood. Can I get hiv or hepatitis b/c?

I was having my blood drawn today. The nurse dropped her gloves on the floor and then used them to draw my blood. Can I get hiv or hepatitis b/c?

NO: Hepatitis B and C can be transmitted by blood, fecal contamination and or sexual secretions; however, I would suggest notifying the lab about the incident. ...Read more

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Can I get rid of hepatitis b virus if I get a liver transplant?

Can I get rid of hepatitis b virus if I get a liver transplant?

You can suppress it.: After liver transplant for hepatitis b, most patients will keep any remaining hepatitis b virus suppressed by taking anti-viral medications. Whereas in the1990's hepatitis b always recurred in the transplanted liver leading to eventual graft failure, today that almost never happens. This is one of the great successes in medicine and transplantation over the last 20 yrs. ...Read more

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Docs, wanted to know if I can get rid of hepatitis b chronic?

Docs, wanted to know if I can get rid of hepatitis b chronic?

Carrier state: The fact that you have Hepatitis B chronic state means you have a chronic infection of your liver that may not resolve. It is viral which means there is no medicine like an antibiotic to clear it. We have to depend on our immune system or immune enhancers to clear it. ...Read more

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I have to get a hepatitis b titer because the time frame of my hep b series. What does the titer procedure consist of? Also, should my results be okay

I have to get a hepatitis b titer because the time frame of my hep b series. What does the titer procedure consist of? Also, should my results be okay

Lots of people...: Lots of people get their hep b titers done. It is a simple blood test (just like getting a cholesterol test). The advantage of getting the titer done is that the titer will indicate whether or not booster vaccinations are needed now. If the titer is too low, booster shots are usually needed, regardless of the timing of the shots in the past. ...Read more

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Male 29, need to visit dentist for cleaning and extraction of wisdom tooth. Could I get first dose of hepatitis b and become safe from risk of infecti?

Male 29, need to visit dentist for cleaning and extraction of wisdom tooth. Could I get first dose of hepatitis b and become safe from risk of infecti?

Hep B & DenBtistry: The risk of a patient getting hepititis b from any dental procedure is pretty much 0% as is the risk of most any infection other than a post-operative infection (usually from not following instructions) while having the vaccine for heb b is a good thing, there is no reason to delay any dental treatment because of not having had the vaccine. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get hepatitis b test results?

Depends: It depends on the type of test. Antibody tests can be completed the same day. Nucleic acid tests may take longer, depending on the frequency with which the lab does the test. Call you doctor if it has been a couple of days since the blood was taken for testing. ...Read more

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My fiancee is a hepatitis b carrier, am I going to get it too?

Probably not, vaccine: Hep b can be sexually transmitted, although more commonly it is through contaminated blood products or at birth in regions of endemic disease (far east, middle east, africa). One can get protection with a hep b vaccination (3 doses over 6 months) which appears to give lifelong immunity. If you are not immune to hep b (can check with blood test), get vaccinated; use condoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hepatitis b from making out with someone?

Is it possible to get hepatitis b from making out with someone?

Less likely: --risk is high if there is exchange of body fluids. Blood is the highest risk with saliva being the lowest. ...Read more

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Should you go get tested if your husband is a carrier of hepatitis b?

Should you go get tested if your husband is a carrier of hepatitis b?

Hep B: Yes - if he is carrying the virus particles and if you come in contact with any of his blood - you should be tested. ...Read more

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What is the hepatitis b surface ab; my dropped and I had to get more shots?

Marker of immunity: Surface ab is produced in response to injection of hep b vaccine which contains surface antigen. Surface antibody is protective against hep b infection. If levels of surface antibody drop too low you are no longer protected against hep b and must be re-immunized. ...Read more

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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

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How get rid of hepatitis b?

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How get rid of hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: In about 80-90% of hepatitis b cases- your body will be able to get rid of the viral infection. In minority cases- the virus will stay and cause a chronic active hepatitis b infection and this can put you at risk to have liver cirrhosis, failure and liver cancer. Treatment for acute infection is mainly supportive care. For chronic active infection- go to see hepatologist for further therapy. ...Read more

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