At A Glance:
Hepatitis can lead to liver cancer, liver failure and death. It is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver over time. In its earliest stages, Hepatitis is called Acute Hepatitis B. Later, it turns into Chronic Hepatitis B. There are approximately 1.25 million people living in the United States with the Chronic Hepatitis B virus infection according to the CDC. Each year, there are approximately 78,000 new cases of Hepatitis B.
What You Need To Know:
An estimated 2,000-4,000 deaths occur each year in the United States as a result of chronic HBV infection. The majority of those infected with HBV remain carriers, but don’t experience symptoms until cirrhosis or end-stage liver disease occurs. 25% of individuals chronically infected with HBV as a child, and 15% of individuals who become chronically infected as adults die prematurely as a result of complications from the HBV infection.
You may not see the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B. When the symptoms do develop, it may feel like the flu. You could be hungry, tired, vomit, feel itchy or have stomach pain. If you have symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis B, they may be associated with inflammation of the liver, and this could lead to liver cancer.
How Do I Get Tested For Syphilis?
A simple blood test is all that’s needed. Fasting is not necessary for this test.
Hepatitis B has an incubation period. Incubation period refers to the period of time between when an individual is infected with HBV and when symptoms become noticeable. The incubation period for HBV ranges between 60-150 days after exposure to the virus.