Hepatitis B

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The Hepatitis B Diagnosis Information Page is a collaborative project of NeedyMeds and the American Liver Foundation.

Hepatitis B is a highly preventable liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. This virus causes the liver to swell and prevents it from working well. Anyone who has come in direct contact with HBV-infected bodily fluids (blood, semen, and vaginal secretions) is at risk and can be diagnosed with a blood test. A majority of adults develop symptoms within six months from acute hepatitis B infection; however, young children often do not. Symptoms, when they occur, may include fever, dark urine, joint pain, weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain near the liver. About 95% of adults who are exposed to hepatitis B fully recover within 6 months without medication. About 5% have hepatitis B all their lives (chronic hepatitis B) unless they are successfully treated with medications. Effective vaccines are available for hepatitis B include Engerix-B, Heplisav-B and Recombivax HB and TWINRX.

This page is for educational purposes only and should not replace medical care. Please consult your healthcare provider.



Medications used in the treatment of Hepatitis B

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This page was last updated on 12/21/2020