Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver caused by hepatitis B virus. It can cause liver cirrhosis, failure or cancer if not treated. In majority (90-95%) of the cases, acute infection usually clears off by itself due to the immunity of the body and cannot occur again. Some people cannot clear the infection and become carriers i.e. they have very mild symptoms but can transfer the infection to other people via sexual contact or exchange of blood or body fluids.
Signs of Acute Liver Infection
It is detected by a blood test which can determine whether infection is acute, chronic or in carrier state. Viral load and activity of the virus are also determined by blood tests.
Mode of Spread of Hepatitis
Pregnancy and Hepatitis B – Do’s and Dont’s
Hepatitis B is not spread by:
Prevention recommended for Hepatitis:
Get all members of family tested and vaccinated. Do not share personal items with body fluids on them. Conclusion is that each and every woman should be tested for hepatitis B. Identification is the most effective way to prevent transmission.