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How common is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B affects over two billion people worldwide and is responsible for more than a million deaths every year.
What are the signs of hepatitis B?
A hepatitis B infection can often pass undetected for many years, since many people who contract the virus show no signs and symptoms. Signs of hepatitis B include fatigue, weariness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, dark urine, muscle and joint …
Who gets hepatitis B?
Groups at particular risk of hepatitis B include babies born to infected mothers; intravenous drug users; healthcare workers exposed to blood; people receiving blood transfusions; people who come into contact with used, unsterilized medical equipment; sexual partners …
How is hepatitis B diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose hepatitis B by performing blood tests specific to the virus.
What are the common complications of hepatitis B?
Complications of hepatitis B include liver damage (cirrhosis), liver failure and liver cancer. These complications can cause serious harm and death.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Hepatitis B