Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by a virus (called the hepatitis B virus, or HBV). It can be serious and theres no cure, but the good news is its easy to prevent.Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by a virus (called the hepatitis B virus, or HBV). It can be serious and theres no cure, but the good news is its easy to prevent.
Which is worse hepatitis B or C?
While hepatitis C tends to get more attention and research funding, hepatitis B is considerably more common and causes more liver-related cancer and death worldwide than hepatitis C. Combined, chronic hepatitis B and C account for approximately 80% of the worlds liver cancer cases.
Is hepatitis A and B curable?
There are 3 main types of hepatitis: hepatitis A, B, and C. All types of hepatitis are treatable but only A and C are curable. Most people with hepatitis A or hepatitis B infection will recover on their own, with no lasting liver damage.
Which hepatitis is permanent?
If the virus has been in the blood for more than 6 months, it is considered a permanent (or chronic) hepatitis B infection. About 15 to 40% of individuals develop chronic hepatitis B. Chronic hepatitis B, if left untreated, can cause serious liver injury and increase the chance of liver cancer.
Can you live long with hepatitis B?
Most people chronically infected with hepatitis B can expect to live long and healthy lives. Individuals with chronic HBV may not develop symptoms for up to 30 years. Damage to the liver can silently occur during this time.
Can a man give a woman hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B (HBV) is 50 to 100 times easier to transmit sexually than HIV ( the virus that causes AIDS). HBV has been found in vaginal secretions, saliva, and semen. Oral sex and especially anal sex, whether it occurs in a heterosexual or homosexual context, are possible ways of transmitting the virus.