Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
Hepatitis B, or HBV is spread when blood from an infected person enters the body of a person who is not hepatitis B positive. HBV is spread through having sex with an infected person without using a condom, by sharing drugs, needles when shooting drugs, through needle sticks or sharps.
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or of the whites of your eyes)
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal discomfort
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Having sex with someone with HBV
- Having sex with more than one partner
- IV drug use
- In the same house with someone who has chronic (long term) HBV infection.
- Have hemophilia
- Travel to areas where a hepatitis B positive diagnosis is common
There are no medications available for recently acquired (acute) HBV infection. There is a Hepatitis B vaccine available for the prevention of the infection. If you are hepatitis b positive, there are antiviral Hepatitis B drugs available for the treatment of chronic HBV infection. This is why it is crucial for anyone who is Hepatitis B Positive / HBSAG positive to participate in our Hepatitis B plasma donation program. We need your Hepatitis B plasma donation to help in several Hepatitis B clinical Trials and hepatitis be studies. Call to schedule a donation today!
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