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What is Hepatitis B?

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a form of hepatitis, a group of serious diseases that cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B is an infectious form ...more »

  • Hepatitis B: Viral liver infection spread by sex or body fluids.
  • Hepatitis B: RAEB: Used for the diseases or the viruses.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Hepatitis B: an acute (sometimes fatal) form of viral hepatitis caused by a DNA virus that tends to persist in the blood serum and is transmitted by sexual contact or by transfusion or by ingestion of contaminated blood or other bodily fluids.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Hepatitis B: Introduction

Types of Hepatitis B:

Types of Hepatitis B:

Broader types of Hepatitis B:

How many people get Hepatitis B?

Prevalance of Hepatitis B: estimated 1.5 million HBV carriers in the U.S. (NWHIC); 417,000 people currently infected (CDC 2001)
Prevalance Rate of Hepatitis B: approx 1 in 181 or 0.55% or 1.5 million people in USA [about data]
Incidence (annual) of Hepatitis B: 200,000 to 300,000 new cases in the USA 1990 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
Incidence Rate of Hepatitis B: approx 1 in 1,359 or 0.07% or 200,000 people in USA [about data]
Lifetime risk of Hepatitis B: 4% of population in the USA have history of HepB disease 1990 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
Worldwide prevalence: 360 million people worldwide for Hepatitis B (Blood Safety Surveillance and Health Care Acquired Infections Division, Health Canada)
Prevalance of Hepatitis B: Approximately 750,000 people in the United States are living with sexually acquired hepatitis B infection. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) ... 4 percent of U.S. population that have any history of disease (1990) (Source: excerpt from Digestive Diseases Statistics: NIDDK) ... There are an estimated 1.5 million HBV carriers in the U.S. and 300 million carriers worldwide. (Source: excerpt from Hepatitis: NWHIC)
Incidence of Hepatitis B: An estimated 77,000 cases of sexually transmitted hepatitis B infection occur annually in the United States. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) ... 200,000 to 300,000 new cases (1990) (Source: excerpt from Digestive Diseases Statistics: NIDDK)

Who gets Hepatitis B?

Racial Information for Hepatitis B: Compared to the US average this disease is 25 to 75 times more common among Samoans and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Chin There is currently a hepatitis B vaccine available. (Source: excerpt from Asian & Pacific Islander Women's Health: NWHIC)

How serious is Hepatitis B?

Complications of Hepatitis B: see complications of Hepatitis B

What causes Hepatitis B?

Causes of Hepatitis B: see causes of Hepatitis B
Risk factors for Hepatitis B: see risk factors for Hepatitis B

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis B?

Symptoms of Hepatitis B: see symptoms of Hepatitis B

Complications of Hepatitis B: see complications of Hepatitis B

Can anyone else get Hepatitis B?

Contagion of Hepatitis B: Spread by blood, sexual fluids, vaginal secretions and bodily fluids. Not spread by casual contact such as handshakes. Has been found in saliva, urine, sweat, tears, and breast milk but transmission is unlikely.
More information: see contagiousness of Hepatitis B
Inheritance: see inheritance of Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Hepatitis B.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Hepatitis B.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Hepatitis B: General practitioner, Primary care physician, Gastroenterologist, Gastrointestinal surgeon, General surgeon, Hepatologist, Immunologist, Infectious disease specialist, Gynaecologist, Geriatrician ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Hepatitis B.
Treatments for Hepatitis B: see treatments for Hepatitis B
Alternative treatments for Hepatitis B: see alternative treatments for Hepatitis B
Prevention of Hepatitis B: see prevention of Hepatitis B
Research for Hepatitis B: see research for Hepatitis B

Society issues for Hepatitis B

Costs of Hepatitis B: $156 million in 1994 (NIAID)
Costs of Hepatitis B: Costs associated with sexually transmitted hepatitis B in the United States totalled $156 million in 1994. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Hospitalization statistics for Hepatitis B: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Hepatitis B:

  • 0.0047% (597) of hospital consultant episodes were for acute hepatitis B in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 74% of hospital consultant episodes for acute hepatitis B required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 62% of hospital consultant episodes for acute hepatitis B were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38% of hospital consultant episodes for acute hepatitis B were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 64% of hospital consultant episodes for acute hepatitis B required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for acute hepatitis B in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Hepatitis B:

Organs and body systems related to Hepatitis B include:

Name and Aliases of Hepatitis B

Main name of condition: Hepatitis B

Class of Condition for Hepatitis B: viral

Other names or spellings for Hepatitis B:

Hep B, HepB, Hepatitis B virus, HBV

Hepatitis B, Serum hepatitis
Source - WordNet 2.1

Hepatitis B: Related Conditions

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