All About Hepatitis

Hepatitis is an infectious disease of the liver. The cause is a virus named after the disease: Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). The virus first causes an acute illness that lasts for several weeks, followed by a complete recovery or development of chronic hepatitis B. it can in fact be transmitted via unprotected sex, therefore you should consider testing yourself for an STD. A Rapid STD Test is best, therefore we are going to talk you through what Hepatitis is, how it’s diagnosed and how you can stay safer.

What causes hepatitis B?

The disease is caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus. The infection occurs through contact with body fluids – such as blood and semen – of a person who carries the virus. There are three common ways of infection:

  1. Unprotected sex – safe sex is always best.
  2. Transfer from mother to child – during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
  3. Transfer between drug users – following the use of the same needle for drug injection.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of the acute disease appear between a few days and a few weeks after infection. They may include, but are not limited to, fever, weakness, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin and conjunctiva. After a few weeks, recovery or development of a chronic illness could be expected. If a chronic disease develops, the infected person is expected to be asymptomatic for many years. This should be avoided at all costs, because during these years, liver damage may gradually occur, and after many years, symptoms may reappear. This could lead to further complications such as abdominal pain, bloating and gastrointestinal bleeding. If you believe you have any symptoms, then it is vital to get a rapid STD test by a professional. A professional clinic is the best choice because it is simple, affordable and trustworthy. You know that you will be receiving your results promptly and that they are reliable by someone who is dedicated to this area of medicine.

How is it diagnosed?

The diagnosis is made through a blood test. It is recommended that every young person be tested that he or she does not carry the hepatitis virus. Blood tests are the best and most effective way to diagnose and should be undertaken via a licensed professional. Those who have been diagnosed with symptoms that raise suspicion of hepatitis B, such as nausea, fever, weakness, abdominal pain, dark urine and a yellow tint of the conjunctiva and skin, should go immediately for a blood test. Sometimes if other symptoms arise, you may need further tests. The purpose of the additional tests is to verify that it is indeed chronic hepatitis B, to assess the extent of the damage caused by the disease to the liver and to adapt treatment to it.

How the Rapid STD Testing Process Works

Rapid STD Testing offers an excellent screening service for gonorrhea and the process is quick and easy, but there are some very specific steps that you will have to go through in order to get the best service possible:

  1. Provide details on the situation and any symptoms you are concerned about.
  2. Schedule testing at a lab as close to your location as possible. Same day testing, and no appointment needed.
  3. Get your online STD results in 1-3 working days and view them via a secure link online.
  4. If you are positive, you will get a call from an MD with advice on treatment.

How is it treated?

You may be wondering how to treat Hepatitis. In a mild case, there is usually no need for specific treatment, and it is possible to be satisfied with monitoring and treatment of symptoms, for example the administration of anti-nausea and vomiting drugs or the administration of fluids by infusion if the patient is unable to drink. In the chronic stage of the disease it is possible to give antiviral therapy to try to slow down the rate of proliferation of the virus in the body and thus prevent or slow down the damage to the liver. In severe cases, where the virus has caused extensive liver damage, a liver transplant is sometimes necessary  but this is in extreme cases. Therefore, having your Hepatitis test undertaken professionally and as early on as possible is best. STD Treatment varies but you should be well aware of the implications of not being tested as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence, as with most medical issues, therefore awareness to the disease is the most important step of all.

What are the warning signs that require immediate medical attention?

There are several situations that require immediate testing. Anyone who fears that he or she has been exposed to the hepatitis B virus – for example as a result of having unprotected sex with a carrier of the virus or following a sting from an infected needle – must immediately seek a test and then preventive treatment. The effectiveness of treatment depends on receiving it as soon as possible after exposure – preferably within the first 24 hours after exposure therefore, rapid testing is vital to ensure that you receive your results promptly to avoid further error.

Patients with hepatitis B have an excellent chance of fully recovering from the disease within a few weeks (this is the common course of the disease in adults. In children the course is different). Sometimes, however, a chronic illness can develop. Even in this case, you feel better after the acute illness. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a normal lifestyle and continue with protected sex so that you can avoid it altogether. In most cases, even in the chronic stage of the disease there are long years with no symptoms at all. It is very important to have safe sex so as not to infect the sexual partners and also to avoid exposure to other diseases like AIDS in the future. Ensuring that you are tested immediately is the best way forward. Therefore be sure to be aware of symptoms, and to contact a professional for a rapid test.

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