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21 MAY 2021

Fast Facts About Hepatitis B

1. A chronic form of Hepatitis that can cause individuals to develop liver complications such as liver cancer, and cirrhosis

 

2. Lives in bodily fluids, contaminated surfaces, and anywhere outside the body for at least 7 days. 

 

3. Spread when bodily fluids containing the virus enters another person, births, sexual intercourse, sharing needles, sharing personal care items, and direct blood contact. 

 

4. Hepatitis B cases in the United States have declined due to the vaccine being introduced, but due to the opioid epidemic there seems to be an increase in cases in many states.  

 

5.  40% of people diagnosed have symptoms, those with chronic hepatitis B have little to no symptoms. Those with symptoms notice them 90 days after infection, and they can include: Jaundice, fever, joint pain, and upset stomach.  

 

Learn more about Hepatitis B by visiting our Hep B Disease Information Page!


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