Hepatitis B

What is it?

It is an infectious liver disease caused by the hepatitis virus.

The virus is highly contagious and easily transmitted through:

  • Drug addicts who exchange syringes with each other.
  • Unprotected (vaginal / anal / oral) intercourse.
  • Infected mothers can pass the disease on to their child during childbirth.

What are the symptoms?

About 30% of people have no symptoms. Symptoms can appear between 6 weeks and 6 months after exposure.

  • In most cases the immune system destroys the virus spontaneously and completely.
  • Most people with chronic hepatitis B remain symptom-free for around 20 to 30 years.
  • It is important to always use condoms when having sex and undergo regular checkups.
  • A blood test is necessary for the diagnosis. An acute infection often does not require any treatment. A chronic infection can be treated with antiretroviral medications.

It is recommended to take the test regularly, call us for advice

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