Hepatitis B is a widespread and potentially dangerous liver disease, caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV is easily transmitted via bodily fluids, and an infected person can transmit HBV to everyone in their family and to their friends. Mothers can transmit the virus to their unborn children, who are particularly vulnerable.
Hepatitis B is one of the most common liver infections in the world, since it has few visible symptoms. Most people who are infected don't realize they have the virus. By the time they feel sick, it's often too late.
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If you were born in or grew up in Asia, Africa, South America, or Eastern Europe, and you don't know if you have HBV, it's vital that you find out. Getting vaccinated will confer lifelong immunity, and the disease can be treated if you have it. But neither of these things will happen unless you get screened.
The only way to detect Hepatitis B is to have your blood tested for HepB surface antigen (HBsAg) and HepB surface antibody (HBsAb). Current standard liver function exams don't include these tests. This means it's possible for you to be infected by HBV but have normal liver function according to the standard exam.
In general, a Hep B test can yield one of three results:
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STOP B services are available at Pan Asian, on Fridays from 9am to 5pm.
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