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.
Yes. Hepatitis B is spread by fluids like blood or semen. It can be spread by sexual contact with someone who is infected or by sharing needles or syringes. It can be spread from mother to baby when giving birth. Healthcare workers can become infected by a needle stick. It could even be spread by sharing a razor or toothbrush with someone who is infected.

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What does reactive hepatitis b means? Is it curable? Is it contagious?

It depends. It depend specifically on what test is reactive. There are a dozen different kind of tests and your question is impossible to answer since you did not share exactly what test is positive. Reactive could mean immunity from vaccination to immunity from prior exposure to active disease. Read more...

How contagious is hepatitis b (hbv) around time of birth?

Varies. Worldwide, commonest cause of infection-chronic carrier (mom) spreads virus to infant during birth process; this often will lead to a chronic carrier state in infant; process continues over generations. May be prevented with hbig to infant, subsequent immunization. Immunize before sex activity starts may decrease another source for carriage. Not all infected are carriers, or actively infected. Read more...

Is hepatitis b contageous for life even after treatment? I show signs and symptoms and my test for hepatitis b came back inconclusive, nervous here.

Don't worry. I think you are ahead of yourself! it sounds that the diagnosis of hepatitis b has not been made yet and yet you are already talking about being contagious after treatment. Won't you just copy the tests that were done for us to look at and give you more specific advice. Read more...

What is hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B. Hepatitis b is a virus that tends to infect the liver in humans. Transmission from person to person is by intimate contact (sexual activity) or blood exchange. There is a readily available blood test to see if you have it, and there is a vaccination available (3 shots over 6 months) to prevent you from ever getting it. Hepatitis b can lead to chronic infection and cirrhosis, possibly cancer. Read more...
Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a contagious disease in which the liver is inflamed. This is caused by infection with Hepatitis B Virus. Read more...

What causes hepatitis b?

A virus. The hepatitis b virus is transmitted via blood transfusion or other blood exposures, sexually, and at the time of delivery from mother to child. It can cause chronic infection which may result in cirrhosis and even liver cancer. There is a vaccine to prevent infection licensed in the usa in 1982 and there are some medications that can be used to treat chronic infection. Read more...

Is hepatitis b a lifelong sickness?

It depends. Hepatitis b is a bit complicated, because a doctor needs to follow what is happening with the virus (like the viral load) and what is happening with a patient's immune (antibody) response to the hepatitis b, as well as the likelihood of damage to the liver (liver enzymes). Some people end up controlling hbv themselves, and others require antiviral medications. Regular monitoring is important. Read more...
Can be, or not. Adult onset- chronic in about 15%. Onset as infant, at birth from mama who is a viral carrier ( most cases worldwide), typically long- term disease and/ or carrier. Rx available- can be effective. Read more...

Is hepatitis b prevalent in the us?

Yes. It is prevalent in certain sub-populations such as certain immigrant groups and alaskan natives. There are over 1.25 million hepatitis b carriers in the United States and it is much more common in foreign born immigrants to the us who come from countries with a high prevalence. Read more...
Yes. While not as prevalent as asia where the incidence is a high as 25 percent, there are probably over a million and half residents of the United States with hepatitis b. Most commonly it is seen in patients with asian ancestry and in alaska. Read more...

What are the causes of hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a specific Virus, that attacks the Liver and causes an inflammation of the liver, and damages the liver over time, which can be serious and deadly. Currently there is vaccination for Hepatitis B, and you are encouraged to get it. Read more...