How Long Can You Live With Hep B?

Can someone be completely cured of hepatitis B?

Most adults with hepatitis B recover fully, even if their signs and symptoms are severe.

Infants and children are more likely to develop a chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis B infection.

A vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, but there’s no cure if you have the condition..

How long can you have hep B without knowing?

Many people with Hepatitis B have no symptoms and do not know they are infected. If symptoms occur with acute infection, they usually appear within 3 months of exposure and can last anywhere from 2–12 weeks. Symptoms of chronic Hepatitis B can take up to 30 years to develop.

How do you kill the hepatitis B virus?

Bleaching your rigs and equipment is effective against killing the hepatitis B virus, but only if the bleach is in contact with the syringe for at least 2 minutes. This is different from the usual recommendations for cleaning with bleach to kill HIV. The hepatitis virus is hardier than HIV and is harder to destroy.

Should I be worried about hepatitis B?

Only 1 out of 3 who have hepatitis B are aware because they haven’t been tested for it. Most people with hepatitis B have no symptoms. The only way to know is to get a simple blood test. The earlier you get diagnosed, the sooner you can get care preventing cirrhosis and liver cancer.

How do I know if I have chronic or acute hepatitis B?

If you test positive for HBsAg for longer than six months, it means you have a chronic hepatitis B infection. But, if you no longer test positive (or “reactive”) for HBsAg after six months and you develop hepatitis B surface antibodies (HBsAb), then you have cleared hepatitis B after an “acute” infection.

Can hepatitis B lie dormant for years?

A chronic hepatitis B infection can go undetected for years – even decades in many cases. The longer a hepatitis B infection is left untreated, the more susceptible you are to developing severe scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) and liver cancer.

Can inactive hepatitis B be transmitted?

Even if a man has an undetectable viral load, studies show his semen still contains some HBV and can spread infection, though the risk is lower. So the rule here is if a man tests positive for the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), he must consider himself infectious.

Can Hep B be transmitted through saliva?

Hepatitis B is not spread through sneezing, coughing, hugging, or breastfeeding. Although the virus can be found in saliva, it is not believed to be spread through kissing or sharing utensils.

Why Hepatitis B is not curable?

While a vaccine to prevent HBV exists, lifelong treatment is needed for those already chronically infected. Treatment helps keep HBV under control, but it is not a cure because it cannot completely clear HBV from infected cells.

Can you marry someone with hepatitis B?

To put it simply, yes, a person living with hepatitis B can get married. In fact, a healthy relationship can be a source of love and support for those who may feel alone in their diagnosis. Transmission of hepatitis B can be prevented in your partner; it’s a vaccine preventable disease!

Does Hepatitis B weaken the immune system?

A large number of clinical studies have shown that chronic HBV persistent infection causes the dysfunction of innate and adaptive immune response involving monocytes/macrophages, dendritic cells, natural killer (NK) cells, T cells.