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.

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

HEP B, C. Hepatitis b and c are blood born viruses. Transmission is through direct contact with blood or secretions from an individual who carries the active virus. Sex, shared needles, exchange of fluids from other contacts with enough inoculum may cause infection. Malaria is carried by a mosquito who injects it from their bite. They are the vector but don't cause that illness.
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.

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.

Causes of hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B. There is only one cause: an infection with the virus that is known as hepatitis b.

What are the possible causes of hepatitis B? What are the symptoms of hepatitis B? What are some drugs given to a hepatitis B patient?

Hepatitis B. Hep B is caused by a virus and transmitted from another person by intimate contact (blood or organ sharing, sex, etc. It can be prevented with a vaccine. Antiviral medications include lamivudine (Epivir), adefovir (Hepsera), telbivudine (Tyzeka) and entecavir (Baraclude). If have chronic active disease the risk for liver cancer is very high. Good luck.
It's a virus. Hepatitis B is a virus transmitted by coming in contact with the blood/body fluids of someone infected. Symptoms can be mild to severe & appear within 1-4 months: abdominal pain, dark urine, fever, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue & yellowing of skin (jaundice). Acute hepatitis B often resolves with rest/good nutrition. Chronic: antivirals/interferon/liver transplant.

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.
Transmission. You can certainly get vaccinations and they are helpful in many ways, but unless your gf has these diseases they have nothing to do with analingus. This is a life-style choice. If your gf washes thoroughly and has not overt GI diseases you should be reasonably safe. You cannot do this without risk.

I was vacinated for hepatitis b 17 years ago when I was 10. Do I need to test. If so will my vacination cause a false positive?

It can be rechecked. This is something that your physician may decide wants to be checked to see if your immunization took affect.
Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B- if you received three Hepatitis B vaccines you are protected against Hepatitis B. No need to test. Blood testing would show you are hepatitis B immune not that you have active infection- no false positive.