What is Hepatitis B?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered this essential information in 2013:

2015_11_10 What is Hepatitis b squareHepatitis B is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis B virus. Severity can vary from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact with an infected person or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment. Hepatitis B can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby at birth.

Acute vs Chronic

The two types of hepatitis B infection

  • Acute or overt is an active infection when a person is not only infected with hepatitis B but also shows signs of antibodies that are fighting the virus.

    This type of infection lasts less than 6 months.

    According to the Hepatitis B Foundation, most adults can recover from the disease:

    “90% of healthy adults are able to ‘recover’ by getting rid of the virus […]. Once a person has recovered, they are no longer contagious and are immune to future hepatitis B infections.”

     

    There is generally no treatment other than rest and supportive measures to manage any symptoms.

  • A chronic condition is identified when a person is infected with hepatitis B for longer than six months.

    This can also be an occult (hidden) infection, which means the person no longer has antibodies, but the virus is still replicating slowly.

    The person might not even be aware of the presence of the disease.
    About 10% of adults who contract hepatitis B will develop chronic hepatitis B.

Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis B

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Joint Pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Yellowing skin and eyes (jaundice)
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Woody Wu

Dear, I want to know more about treatment method and normal medicine for Chronic hepities B remedy. Thanks!

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joseph barone

does anyone know if you had hepatitis b about 30 years ago if you still have it .i asked a doctor if i had hepatitis c no what is antibodeis

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Focus For Health Team

Most people who contract hepatitis B recover completely, but others may have lasting chronic infections that may or may not be evident through titers (tests for antibodies).

Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to recognize and fight microorganisms like viruses and bacteria. Antibodies can show in a blood test if you are actively infected, or if you had the infection in the past and have now built up a resistance. For more information, visit HepatitisBFoundation.org

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judith schaub

My friend, 80 years old has congestive heart failure, COPD and now just diagnosed with Hepatitis B is not understanding just what this latest finding means. I would like to help her by finding out for myself, just what the ramifications are. She has been experiencing some kind of abdominal pain, and I’m wondering if that relates to the liver. She lives 6-hr distance from me, and we talk by phone, only, at this point.

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Linda

I will be hosting a group of students for a month long camping experience. One of them has chronic Hep B with no symptoms. What are my responsibilities to the other students? Is it safe for this student to be a part of this group? Do the other students and their parents need to know? How do schools and camps handle a situation like this?

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Focus For Health Team

@Linda, a good resource for your questions is the United Federation of Teachers – see link below. You do not need to inform the other students or their parents, and it is safe for this child to be a part of your program.

Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood or other body fluids containing the virus. “Hepatitis B cannot be spread by sneezing or coughing. There is no danger if you shake hands with an infected person or share a water fountain, telephone or toilet.” In a medical situation where this would be a concern, it is standard procedure to make sure you have personal protective equipment (PPE) available such as gloves and a medical waste bag to dispose of any materials with blood or body fluid on them. These precautions, also called universal precautions, would be in taken for all the children under your care, not just the child with chronic hepatitis B. We suggest reading over the document attached and take a first aid class before your trip.

(https://www.uft.org/files/attachments/uft-viral-hepatitis.pdf)

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Monju

I have hepatits B positive. I don’t know the condition. I already take an appointment on 16th April of a doctor Sudha Nahar. I am from Edison. I am little bit worry about it. I feel tired & nausea ..Do I have any food restrictions? Please advice me.

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June

I have a hepatitis B, with pain abdominal, joint pain and feel like tired some time. I use to go in gym 4 or 5 times a week. I would like to know if is good for me to keep going or stop to see a specialist first? Any food restrictions,and what is the best food I need consumed right now?

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Robert Bryan

Hello everybody ,please this testimony is true life story ,is real ,am a very honest man ,i can never post false testimony on social media ,so let me go straight to the point .me and my wife was diagnosed with HPV/WART for two years,living a life of fear for two good years .until one day i saw a post about a good herbalist in west Africa curing people from a deadly disease,such HIV/AIDS, HERPES,(Genetal warts) (HSV1, HSV2), (HPV) ACUTE RETROVIRAL SYNDROME (ARS), CANCER, VITILIGO, DIABETES, HEPATITIS B. CANCER, CELIAC, ALS, CHLAMYDIA, STROKE and any kind of Deadly DISEASES,with his herbal medicine , i thought it was not true,then i said let me try ,because am used to trying ,i have been trying for two years, until that day GOD wipe my tears,with DR Oduku, He his gifted ,and he is so honest ,so easy to get along with ,so after i contacted him via his email. odukuherbalremedies@gmail.com or http://odukuherbalremedies.webs.com/),so he replied and said my problem is solved that i must stop thinking,so i believed and have faith that i will be cured ,so i purchased the herbal medicine and he sent the herbal medicine to me through courier service ,when i received it ,he told me how to use it ,so i followed exactly the way he said i must use it,he said i will be totally cured after two weeks ,so after two week i went to see our family doctor he tested me and said am negative ,i was so happy i thought i was dreaming ,please don:t ignore this post ,if you think is not real try and you will testify just like me ….thanks to DR Oduku ,GOD BLESS you sir.

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TBONE

i tried BOTH ADDRESSES AND NEITHER WORK. DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE INFORMATION THAT WOULD HELP ME.

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Al

My Fother has Hep B with his liver infected already. I really need help to get him to the right doctor and clinic. I dont know what to do. Please guid me.

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VICTORIA JOAN NELSON

Is it 100% that when you are fully vaccinated from Hepatitis B and you come in contact with an infected person you will not get the virus? And does the vaccine protect you from other forms Hepatitis virus like A

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wilson

(HOW I WAS CURED TOTALLY WITH HERBAL MEDICINE)
.hello viewers……
i was diagnosed of hepatitis b 2010, my family doctor gave me lamivudine (Epivir) as medication which helped me going for 5 years, ,because there was no cure for hepatitis b,till one day GOD lead to a forum were so many people are talking about how they where cured of hepatitis b with herbal medicine of a great herbal medicine doctor DR MAPIPA, and he sell herbal medicines to cure different kinds of diseases,such as HERPES,ALS,MND,EPILEPSY,LEUKEMIA,ASTHMA,,GONORRHEA,,EMPHYSEMA,GENITAL WARTS,PARKINSON”S,COPD , and lots more.I contacted Doctor mapipa via email;drmapipaherbalmedicinehome(at)gmail(dot)com and made purchase of the hepatitis b herbal medicine, i received the herbal medicine through courier services within 3 days, when i received the herbal medicine i applied it as prescribed and was totally cured of hepatitis be within 4 weeks of usage, my family doctor confirmed am free from hepatitis b.is two months now,am living a normal life again ..thanks to doctor mapipa..please dont ignore this post is real …check his website to know more about him ,www(dot)drmapipaherbal(dot)weebly(dot)com..

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Felicia

I was hepatitis B carrier, and I found it out 3 years ago when I need some medical test for applying for a job. It scares me a lot, and I have been so hopeless since I heard it, I feel like I’m an outcast and different from others. I cry all night, I can’t think properly, I’m so down. Even my doctor advised that I cannot transmit the virus using same utensils, saliva, etc., except if I have sexual intercourse. I’m still sick, no one in my family has this disease. And I don’t know where I got it. I have taken blood tests many times and my liver is okay, and I never feel pain in my body, but I can’t sleep well every night since I have known my situation.I came on the internet to see if I will be able to get any Information as to curing this disease, on my search i saw various testimony about (MED LAB) who cure Hepatitis and all manners of diseases,i contact them, and I got Hepatitis b medicine, after the period of days given to me by the MED LAB, i was completely cure, CONTACT THEM IF YOU ARE diagnosed OF HEPATITIS B VIRUS or any other sickness, email. medlab36@gmail.com

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Sammy K Ajebewang

I don’t know much about this illness but my cousin just break the news to me today that he has been diagnosed of it and it has kept me worried. And back in Africa especially in Cameroon the medication is too expensive. I don’t know what medication he should take and how I can get help from anyone so that I can help cure him and many others suffering from this illness. Thanks Sammykings

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Farah Dean

I was diagnosed with Hepatitis B in 1997. I contracted it through sex with a man who had it.
I have been taking turmeric in my tea ever since (for the last 19 years) and have had no symptoms whatever.
Now I have macular Degeneration of the eyes which is linked to liver problems.
Any comments, please ?

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Kay

My grandaughter and son lives in a household where someone has had an allergic reaction to the hepatitis B shot.what do this mean, We are very concerned,whether this person has hepatitis B..?

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Susan Markhill

Herpes almost frustrated me which i keep on with encouragement from family members and friend. i got my herpes cured totally with Dr Fred Herbal Remedy here in the United State because i got his whatsapp contact through a comment i saw about him getting someone cured. i wrote to him and ask some few question about his remedy. Today i am cured after just few weeks of taking his herbal remedy .Just write to him through his whatsapp channel +2348139097317 and get his herbal remedy for herpes so you can be cured and read more about him: http://www.drfredherbalcenter.webs.com ,email: drfredherbalcuringcenter@yahoo.com ;’

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severo

hi there.
im jr 30yo with chronic hep b and i was wondering if you could give me an advise how to cure it?also if the DR you mentioned on comment is legit?please help me thank you

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Focus For Health Team

Allergic reactions to Hepatitis B vaccination can be caused by an immune response to any of the ingredients of the vaccine, and do not mean that the child has Hepatitis B.

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Domonique jones

What does it means in a clear explanation when everything dealing with hepatitis B comes back negative and non reactive except hepatitis B core antibodies total but it’s low?

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TollisJanice

I was diagnosed with HepB 3 months ago and was devastated by the news. I have been ill and sore for over 10 years, with no one being able to figure out what was wrong with me. It was always written off as a virus or infection. Then 2 years ago the severe muscle cramps started. I had them from scalp to toes, and it was when they ran the full spectrum of tests to figure the cramps out, that they discovered the HepB along with severe Vitamin D deficiency, which I link to the HepB. I was so tired and nauseous and in constant pain. I am just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!!nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the Sebivo (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on hepatitis B herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the hepatitis B virus natural herbal formula the disease is totally reversed!! Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net

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TollisJanice

I was diagnosed with HepB 3 months ago and was devastated by the news. I have been ill and sore for over 10 years, with no one being able to figure out what was wrong with me. It was always written off as a virus or infection. Then 2 years ago the severe muscle cramps started. I had them from scalp to toes, and it was when they ran the full spectrum of tests to figure the cramps out, that they discovered the HepB along with severe Vitamin D deficiency, which I link to the HepB. I was so tired and nauseous and in constant pain. I am just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!!nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the Sebivo (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on hepatitis B herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the hepatitis B virus natural herbal formula the disease is totally reversed!!

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crissy dawn

a doctor recently said i had hep b . her labs reports were different then all the other ones i have had. i asked her for a hep B vacination and was refused. she told me I was too old for one. i am 62 but still have no systems. what is the truth?

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Larry Kunisch

I was given the hepititus b antibody back in 1991 after surgery I had on my neck to remove pieces of c5 disc. Is their any long term side effects. The reason I’m writing is because I am having lot of trouble with joint pain, ab pain, and other problems can u give me any advice. I’m seeing pain specialist, rheumatologist, I’m fixing to have my left hip replaced and won’t be long before the right will also have to be replaced.

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Mark

My name is Mark Stewart, I was born in Liberia. My mom gave birth to me on a street along with my older twin brother Matthew. She passed away after I came out, and because of the loss of blood I contracted Hepatitis. I was adopted into my wonderful family, we live in Washington. I cleared years ago when I was three with the assistance of UCLA. 🙂 I can now play sports, and do so many other things that I would not have been able to do.

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zakarie Abdullahi

if i had a vaccination of hepatitisB and has taken only the first dose and before taking the second one had contact with hepatitisB virus

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mark

Thanks to Dr osas who cured my wife of hepatitis b, my wife was diagnose of hepatitis two years ago, i almost spent all i had then, until i saw dr osas recommendation online and i call him, then he told me how get the herb. you can call him on +2348122281915.

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rose peter

I have been suffering from (HEPATITIS B) disease for the last four years and had constant pain, especially in my knees. During the first year, I had faith in God that I would be healed someday.This disease started to circulate all over my body and I have been taking treatment from my doctor, a few weeks ago I came on search on the Internet if I could get any information concerning the prevention of this disease, on my search I saw a testimony of someone who has been healed from (Herpes and Cancer) by this Man DR TASHE and she also gave the email address of this man and advise we should contact him for any sickness that he would be of help, so I wrote to DR TASHE telling him about my (HEPATITIS B) he told me not to worry that I was going to be cured!! hmm i never believed it,, well after all the procedures and remedy given to me by this man few weeks later I started experiencing changes all over me as the DR assured me that I have cured, after some time i went to my doctor to confirmed if I have been finally healed behold it was TRUE, So friends my advice is if you have such sickness or any other like HSV1,2,HPV1,2,3,CANSER HIV,COLE SORES,TOOTH AKA,SYMPTOMS,y. you can email DR TASHE on( drtashe@gmail.com sir I am indeed grateful for the help I will forever recommend you to my friends!!! with your lovely Email Address ( drtashe@gmail.com or you can also WhatsApp him on this number +2347064849505

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rose peter

I have been suffering from (HEPATITIS B) disease for the last four years and had constant pain, especially in my knees. During the first year, I had faith in God that I would be healed someday.This disease started to circulate all over my body and I have been taking treatment from my doctor, a few weeks ago I came on search on the Internet if I could get any information concerning the prevention of this disease, on my search I saw a testimony of someone who has been healed from (Herpes and Cancer) by this Man DR TASHE and she also gave the email address of this man and advise we should contact him for any sickness that he would be of help, so I wrote to DR TASHE telling him about my (HEPATITIS B) he told me not to worry that I was going to be cured!! hmm i never believed it,, well after all the procedures and remedy given to me by this man few weeks later I started experiencing changes all over me as the DR assured me that I have cured, after some time i went to my doctor to confirmed if I have been finally healed behold it ccccccTRUE, So friends my advice is if you have such sickness or any other like HSV1,2,HPV1,2,3,CANSER HIV,COLE SORES,TOOTH AKA,SYMPTOMS,y. you can email DR TASHE on( drtashe@gmail.com sir I am indeed grateful for the help I will forever recommend you to my friends!!! with your lovely Email Address ( drtashe@gmail.com or you can also WhatsApp him on this number +2347064849505

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