Many people have heard of Hepatitis B, but few are familiar with the symptoms. While Hepatitis B can cause major liver damage or long-term consequences, other symptoms may be less severe. Learn about Hepatitis B’s indications and symptoms, as well as what steps to take for a successful recovery.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can be either acute or persistent. The infection that causes it is hepatitis B. (HBV). Hepatitis is a liver infection that causes inflammation. Hepatitis A, B, and C are three distinct viruses with a lot of symptoms in common. In contrast to Hepatitis A, which can go away without treatment, Hepatitis B (and C) frequently produces more serious symptoms and requires more rigorous treatment. Symptoms of hepatitis B are rarely fatal. They may only be around for a short period. HBV, on the other hand, can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer, both of which are potentially fatal.
Many people are unaware that the absence of symptoms is one of the most common indicators of Hepatitis B. Nearly half of those infected with HBV are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms. When HBV symptoms arise, they may be so minor that they are misdiagnosed as a cold or the flu, and the symptoms disappear, leaving the person unaware of their infection.
Hepatitis B can be a life-threatening virus for some people. This means that when the immune system tries to clear the body of the virus, the symptoms of Hepatitis B will go away on their own. Others, on the other hand, have chronic Hepatitis B, meaning their bodies are unable to eliminate the virus. Many persons have no symptoms and are ignorant of their diagnosis since chronic Hepatitis B symptoms are identical to those of acute Hepatitis B infection.
Even if the symptoms go away on their own, the infection will not go away without proper treatment. If neglected, hepatitis B can cause major health problems. Testing not only provides you with the results of your infection, but it also points you in the right direction.
Hepatitis B can be avoided in several ways. One of the most successful methods is vaccination, which provides lifelong protection. Many people, including yourself, were immunized at birth or during childhood. Do you have any doubts about your vaccination status? Your doctor can tell you if the vaccine is appropriate for you.
You must understand how Hepatitis B is transmitted in order to better protect yourself and your partner from contracting it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hepatitis B causes 50 to 100 times the number of infections as HIV. Hepatitis B is transmitted through bodily fluids such as vaginal secretions, sperm, blood, and urine. It is transmitted by vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse.
Practice safe sex as another way to avoid Hepatitis B. Safe sex practices include the use of dental dams or condoms, as well as abstention.
Sharing needles, toothbrushes, razors, or other instruments that might carry infected blood from one person to another can cause Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is not transferred by kissing, breastfeeding, sharing meals, coughing, sneezing, hugging, or hand holding.
If you think you’ve been exposed to HBV or are experiencing Hepatitis B symptoms, you should get tested right away. To assist prevent the spread of STDs, we also recommend that you and your sexual partner, or partners, get tested on a regular basis.
Hepatitis B testing can be extremely beneficial to your overall health. It’s even more crucial to get tested for Hepatitis B if you think you could be pregnant. It’s crucial to get tested because the virus is very contagious and can be passed on to your child.
Hepatitis B should be tested on a frequent basis, even for persons who get routine physicals and gynecological exams, because it isn’t normally checked for unless it is expressly requested.
For testing, a blood test is required. If you’ve been infected in less than two months, your test could be falsely negative. This is true even if you have HBV in your system and are now experiencing Hepatitis B symptoms. You’re undoubtedly wondering why. After being infected, the HBV antibodies that the test detects take around two months to develop. Negative results may require repeat testing to ensure accuracy.
Hepatitis B symptoms normally go away after 4 to 8 weeks on their own. Despite the fact that there is no cure for HBV, approximately 90% of infected adults recover entirely. You may not require any additional therapy if your Hepatitis B symptoms resolve on their own. Your doctor may only recommend getting enough rest, drinking enough of water, and eating a nutritious diet.
Chronic Hepatitis B symptoms necessitate a slightly different approach to treatment. Avoid alcohol, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and other liver-harming chemicals. Your doctor can prescribe a safe medication to help you manage with Hepatitis B symptoms. Over-the-counter medications are available, but they should be used with caution because they can affect your liver. Consult your doctor before taking any supplements, beverages, or prescriptions to ensure your health and safety.
Chronic HBV patients are likely to be carriers for the remainder of their lives. Even if you have no symptoms and are taking your medication properly, you can still be contagious. It’s vital for your and your partner’s health that you always use safe sex and keep the lines of communication open.
Patients with hepatitis B may benefit from support groups. These groups provide emotional support to persons who are suffering from a chronic illness. Many people find it helpful to talk to others who have gone through similar situations and can understand the challenges that chronic illnesses can bring.
HBV is a highly infectious virus. Unfortunately, following birth, the infection might be passed on to the infant. If you’re pregnant or think you might be, we recommend getting tested so you can learn more about your health. If appropriately handled, babies can recover from their sickness. Your child may develop chronic Hepatitis B symptoms if he or she is not treated.
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STD testing takes into account your age, risk factors, indications and symptoms, and medical history. You should obtain full testing if you’re at risk for one STD because you might be at risk for others as well.
All of our STD testing is done with urine and/or blood tests to ensure accuracy. Swabs and saliva tests are not used.
If a woman is at risk for STDs, her menstrual period should not prevent her from getting tested.
Within 48-72 hours, the majority of tests yield an electronic result. Trichomoniasis and HIV RNA tests may take one extra day.
To ensure a large enough sample size for a pee test, don’t urinate for at least an hour before the test. You must also fast for 12 hours before taking the wellness panel. There’s nothing else you need to do to prepare for your STD test.
It’s difficult to tell which STDs you’ve been exposed to; if you’re at risk for one, you’re at risk for them all. The best way to ensure that you are fully informed and aware of any potential STDs is to take our 10-Test Panel.
There are tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis A, B, C, Genital herpes, Oral herpes, HIV 1 & 2, and Syphilis. Individual and group testing are available. Get more information on STD Testing.
We recommend getting tested for STDs at least twice a year if you are sexually active in any way. If you are sexually active, have multiple partners, or have previously tested positive for one or more STDs, more frequent testing is recommended.
From the time you arrive, the visit takes roughly five minutes or less. The appointment consists of simple urine and/or blood collection, followed by your exit.
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It is not necessary to make an appointment. After you’ve placed your order, you can pick up your samples at the lab at any time during business hours. If you’re pressed for time, call the lab to make an appointment.
As soon as you receive your Order Form, you can begin taking the test (or confidential test code). The order form will be emailed to you or available through your online account.
It’s a blood test that can diagnose syphilis within two weeks of infection (compared to 4 weeks to 3 months with a standard RPR test)
It’s a blood test that can detect HIV 9-11 days after exposure (compared to 2-6 weeks with an HIV antigen/antibody test).
HIV: 2-6 weeks, Syphilis: 1-3 months, Herpes: 6-26 days, Chlamydia: 1-3 weeks, Gonorrhea: 2-3 days, Hepatitis B: 1-5 months, Hepatitis C: 2-6 months, Trichomonas: 5-28 days
If you are confirmed positive, for a cost of $95, we will offer you with a doctor consultation and written prescription. For an extra $95, you can get a documented prescription for your partner. We can even call your pharmacy on your behalf to get your prescriptions filled.
Yes, having an STD treated does not prevent you from catching it again.
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