Hep B Definition and Hepatitis B Transmission
Hepatitis V (HBV, Hep B) is a serious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus. While Hep B can be spread through sharing needles and contact with infected blood, it can also be passed on through unprotected sex. Hepatitis B is a common infection that affects between 200,000 and 3 million Americans every year. Find out more about Hepatitis A and Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis A only affects fewer than 20,000 Americans yearly and it is easily prevented by the hep A vaccine. While hep a transmission is more likely through contaminated food or water, or bodily contact with someone infected with the virus, hepatitis A can also be transmitted sexually.
Hepatitis A is transmitted through consuming water or food contaminated with the feces of someone infected with Hep A, consuming raw shellfish that has been in contact with sewage, or by having sexual intercourse with someone who has the virus. Find out more about other sexually transmitted diseases here.
Hep B Symptoms
Hep B symptoms typically show up between one to four months after being exposed to the virus. If you suspect that you’ve been in contact with HBV, go to the doctor straightaway. There is a preventative treatment that can decrease the infection’s risk if you receive it soon after being exposed to Hepatitis B.
Some symptoms of Hepatitis B include:
- Joint pain
- Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Abdominal pain
- Dark-colored urine
- Loss of appetite
Hepatitis B can turn into a chronic liver infection. This can lead to liver failure, liver cancer, or even cirrhosis. If babies are infected with Hep B, it is more likely for them to develop the chronic virus.
Can Hepatitis B Be Cured?
There is no specific medicine that treats Hep B. Like Hepatitis A, doctors recommend plenty of rest and fluids. As for people with chronic Hepatitis B, people should regularly visit doctors to monitor liver function. There are some drugs that can help with chronic Hep B, but they aren’t for everyone.
The Hepatitis B vaccine is the best way to prevent contracting the virus. People typically receive 3 to 4 shots over 6 months.
Chicago Suburbs, Schedule an Appointment with Advuro Now!
If you live in Chicago, Joliet, Naperville, or any other Chicago suburb and you suspect that you’ve been exposed to the Hepatitis B virus, visit the Advanced Urology Associates. All of our doctors are trained in treating sexually transmitted infections for both men and women. Why wait? Call today at 815.409.4930. We offer services near Chicago, Joliet, Frankfort, New Lenox, Morris, and Naperville, Illinois.
Please visit any of our locations in the Chicagoland area:
Advanced Urology Morris
1401 Lakewood Dr. Unit 3
Morris, IL 60450
Advanced Urology Silver Cross Location
1890 Silver Cross Blvd.
Pavilion A, Ste. 430
New Lenox, IL 60451
Advanced Urology AUA Prostate Cancer Center
1541 Riverboat Center Drive
Joliet, IL 60431