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.
In most cases Hepatitis B is a symptomless virus. First signs of infection could become visible after 6 months but it does not happen very often.
First symptoms of Hepatitis B are very similar to flu, you can experience tiredness, fever, muscle pain. You also can have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite. Some people are ignoring these symptoms because they are thinking it's a normal cold or food poisoning. Very alarming symptom should be darker urine and yellow color of eyes and skin. Right now you could be almost sure that you will become infected by Hepatitis B. If virus will not become a chronic infection symptoms will go away after few weeks, even months.
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.
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.
TThe 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