Hepatitis B

Overview

Overview

Hepatitis B is a virus which causes an infection of your liver. Usually it goes away after some period of time but in some cases it could stay for a very long time. During this time Heptitis B could make serious damages to your liver.

You could be infected in every stage of your life by blood and body fluids. Many people don't know they could have Hepatitis B because it's symptomless. Children's and older people skin could become yellow after up to 6 months.

Untreated and chronic infection could lead to liver cancer.

Causes

Causes

You could be infected by Hepatitis B by blood and body fluids. It means that you can become infected by unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex. Hepatitis B virus can survive even 7 days outside of the body. Hepatitis B could also be spread by sharing needles, syringes, toothbrushes and razors. Do not share these items with anyone. Virus can be passed from mother to her baby, it's very important to visit your doctor regularly during pregnancy. When you are planning to have a tattoo or piercing please be aware that Hepatitis B is also spread by unsterilized equipment. Choose well known studios.

Symptoms

Symptoms

To know whenever you are infected by Hepatitis B virus you will need to do a blood test. Your GP will ask you to blood test at the hospital. There is no other available test to check your status. You are also able to order your self - collection test through raTrust shop, you will be able to know your results even the next day.

Please take care of yourself - you have only one life.

Test

Test

To know whenever you are infected by Hepatitis B virus you will need to do a blood test. Your GP will ask you to blood test at the hospital. There is no other available test to check your status. You are also able to order your self - collection test through raTrust shop, you will be able to know your results even within 4 hours.

Please take care of yourself - you have only one life.

Treatment

Treatment

There is no treatment available for acute (short term Hepatitis B infection) and to prevent liver damaging in chronic infection doctors are using variety of available drugs. In both cases patient need to be tested regularly.

Complications

Complications

Hepatitis B is dangerous virus. It could become chronic infection which can develop into liver failure and cancer. Because of failure your liver will stop work properly. It can caused issues to other internal organs. Cancer can lead to liver damage, removal or even death.

Prevention

Prevention

The one of prevention against Hepatitis B is vaccine. People who are in the risk group to be infected by the virus should to visit GP. Another 'day to day' prevention against Hepatitis B is to using condoms during every sexual activity. It's also essential to protect yourself from other also dangerous STI's. If you are an injection drug user it's very important to use needle only once.

Please do not share your toilet equipment like toothbrush, razor nail clips with anyone. Virus can live outside of the body for 7 days.

Last updated April 17, 2018