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What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a virus that can be transmitted from person to person through infected blood and body fluids, such as semen and vaginal fluids. The hepatitis B virus is so-called because it can infect the liver, causing inflammation (hepatitis).

When a person first becomes infected with the hepatitis B virus, it is referred to as an "acute infection". If the virus remains in the blood for over six months, a person has a "chronic infection".

The virus is most commonly transmitted during unprotected anal, oral or vaginal sex or through sharing infected needles. It can also be transmitted from a mother to her baby during childbirth.

Hepatitis B symptoms

Symptoms of hepatitis B infection typically appear between 40 and 160 days after exposure to the virus. However, many people do not know they have been infected with the virus because they may not develop any symptoms.

Symptoms can include:

  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Dark urine
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

In people with chronic hepatitis B, the infection can develop into cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, which can be fatal.

Hepatitis B test

There is no other test like ours on the market. A hepaptitis B test from just between us involves using a lancet to collect your blood. We only require a very small amount of blood which you apply directly to a Dry Blood Spot Card instead of filling a small tube. The whole process is almost entirely pain free and is easier than other tests.

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Hepatitis B treatment

There is typically no treatment for acute hepatitis B infection. However, the symptoms can be managed with medication such as paracetamol. Acute hepatitis B infection must be closely monitored to ensure that it does not develop into chronic hepatitis.

Although there is still no cure for chronic hepatitis B, there are several treatments available which significantly decrease the risk of liver damage by slowing down or stopping the virus from reproducing. 

Hepatitis B vaccine

There is a vaccine that is 95% effective in preventing infection and the development of chronic hepatitis B. Vaccination against hepatitis B is recommended for anyone who is at increased risk of the disease or its complications.

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a virus that can be transmitted from person to person through infected blood. The hepatitis C virus is so-called because it can infect the liver, causing inflammation (hepatitis).

When a person first becomes infected with the hepatitis C virus, it is referred to as an "acute infection". If the virus remains in the blood for over six months, a person has a "chronic infection".

The virus is most commonly transmitted through sharing infected needles. It can also be transmitted sexually and from a mother to her baby during childbirth, although these modes of transmission are much less common.

Hepatitis C symptoms

Hepatitis C infection can cause the same types of symptoms as hepatitis B; however, the two viruses are unrelated. Symptoms of acute hepatitis C infection can take between two weeks and six months to appear, although roughly 80% of people don't show any symptoms of acute hepatitis and often don't know they're infected.

Symptoms can include:

  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

A significant number of those with chronic hepatitis C infection develop cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, which can be fatal.

Hepatitis C test

There is no other test like ours on the market. A Hepaptitis C test from just between us involves using a lancet to collect your blood. We only require a very small amount of blood which you apply directly to a Dry Blood Spot Card instead of filling a small tube. The whole process is almost entirely pain free and is easier than other tests.

For peace of mind, order a test today.

Hepatitis C treatment

Approximately 15-45% of infected individuals are able to clear the virus within the first six months of infection, without treatment.  The remaining 55-85% of persons, however, will develop chronic hepatitis C infection and require treatment.

Hepatitis C can be treated with a combination of medicines, taken over a period of several months, which stop the virus multiplying inside the body.

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