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During the inactive phase of life cycle of hepatitis b virus in hepatocytes can there still be liver damage?

No, but... Biopsies of livers with inactive hepatitis b show no inflammation by histology and liver enzymes are normal. But low levels of replication can still occur and this may have some influence on carcinogenesis. Read more...

What is the percentage of perinatal transfer of hepatitis b virus in the vaccine era?

Where? With use of the vaccine there is marked reduction in the incidence of chronic hep b carriage which is generally how perinatal transfer occurs. In taiwan, for example, the rate has fallen dramatically. In third world countries it remains inordinately high since access to the vaccine or acceptability by the population is reduced. Check the who web site for exact percentages by country. Read more...

How do u cure hepatitis B virus?

There is no cure. Most cases resolve on their own in 4-8 weeks or so. A small percentage of patients will have a chronic infection and be carriers. Best course is prevention with hep B vaccine and utilizing blood/body fluid precautions. Read more...

Could I recover from hepatitis b virus?

Yes. Most people recover completely with no residual infection. They develop a positive surface antibody (hbsab) and lose their surface antigen (hbsag). However, about 10% go on to develop chronic hepatitis, maintaining their hbsag. In such cases, cure isn't possible, but the infection can be treated with medications that will help to prevent complications. Read more...

What does it mean to be hepatitis b virus carrier?

Virus is just there. Carrier status=you have the virus in your body but fortunately is not causing any problem for you. Your body is somehow keeping the virus well-behaved and no affecting your liver. However, you can still transmit the virus .I.E via needle sharing/body fluid, or from mother to child in utero or birth. Make sure you follow doc regular to make sure it does not turn active. Get vaccinated. Good luck. Read more...