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How does hepatitis b differ from hepatitis a and c?
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Randy Burgett
General Practice
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In brief: Hepatitis A,B, or C
Hepatitis a is often acute & frequently resolves spontaneously, but may be prolonged & severe.
Hepatitis a is contracted from contaminated food & water. Hepatitis b & c can be both acute or chronic & is spread through contamination with body fluids like blood. Both hep b & c are transmitted through sexual contact or sharing of needles. Vaccines are presently only available for hepatitis a & b.

In brief: Hepatitis A,B, or C
Hepatitis a is often acute & frequently resolves spontaneously, but may be prolonged & severe.
Hepatitis a is contracted from contaminated food & water. Hepatitis b & c can be both acute or chronic & is spread through contamination with body fluids like blood. Both hep b & c are transmitted through sexual contact or sharing of needles. Vaccines are presently only available for hepatitis a & b.
Randy Burgett
Randy Burgett
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Dr. You Sung Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Viral hepatitis
All 3 are viral infections.
Hepatitis a is transmitted fecal-oral route. Infection is usually self-limited and once recovered, you're mmune to it forever. Both hep b & c are transmitted via blood/body fluids. Hep c infection leads to chronic liver disease more often than hep b. There are more drugs to cure hep c than b but once cured, you can still catch it again unlike hep b.

In brief: Viral hepatitis
All 3 are viral infections.
Hepatitis a is transmitted fecal-oral route. Infection is usually self-limited and once recovered, you're mmune to it forever. Both hep b & c are transmitted via blood/body fluids. Hep c infection leads to chronic liver disease more often than hep b. There are more drugs to cure hep c than b but once cured, you can still catch it again unlike hep b.
Dr. You Sung Sang
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