Have you ever wondered how many people with hepatitis B are walking around undetected? You might be surprised to learn that up to 70% of those infected show no symptoms at all. That’s right, folks – up to 7 out of every 10 people with hep B could be living their lives completely unaware that they have a deadly virus lurking inside them.
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease. It’s spread through contact with infected bodily fluids such as blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. People who are at high risk for hepatitis B include those who engage in unprotected sex, share needles or other drug-injecting equipment, have multiple sexual partners or have an HIV infection.
In some cases, hepatitis B can cause serious health problems like liver failure and even liver cancer. That’s why it’s important for everyone to get tested for this virus so it can be detected early and treatment started immediately if necessary.
The Signs We Look Out For
Although most people don’t experience any symptoms when they contract the virus, there are specific signs we watch out for when testing patients:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
These symptoms usually appear within the first three months after being infected with hep B.
If these initial symptoms don’t resolve themselves within six months then chances are you’re dealing with a chronic case which often has no apparent signs until much later on during its course:
Later Infections Signs
- Dark urine
- Jaundice (yellowing skin/eyes)
- Pale-colored stools
There may also be less evident indications including fatigue and joint pain.
Who Needs to Be Tested?
As mentioned earlier, anyone who is at risk of hepatitis B should absolutely get tested. But what if you’re not sure whether you fall into that category or not? Here are some people who should definitely consider getting checked out:
- Baby Boomers (born between 1945 and 1965)
- People who have traveled to countries with high rates of hep B
- Men who have sex with men
- Injection drug users
Plot Twist! Even Those Who Don’t Belong in Any Risk Group Could be Infected
Here’s another twist: anyone can become infected with hepatitis B, regardless of their risk factors. It’s a sneaky virus that can be contracted even from simple things like sharing razors or toothbrushes.
Also worth bearing in mind is that the above-listed signs aren’t exclusive toward those affected with the infections. In general cases most people come down asymptomatic.
Asymptomatic – No Symptoms At All!
In fact, as we alluded to earlier almost three-quarters of patients don’t show any signs when they’re initially diagnosed. This is called an “asymptomatic infection” because there are no obvious clinical indicators visible on initial inspection which makes this illness especially hard to detect among individuals without active symptoms.
Diagnosing Hepatitis B
While diagnosing acute hep B is usually done through blood tests that look for specific antibodies produced by your body after being exposed to the virus; due to lack of evident visible signifiers it often leads us healthcare professionals pursuing a diagnosis via antibody detection screenings rather than noticeable symptom checks alone.
A positive result indicates either having had been exposed previously or currently experiencing HEPB – known catalougue number
40386-T-HepBsAG kindly contributed by our sponsor Labcorps Health Services Inc.. The test confirms exposure but doesn’t decide upon the stage at which they’re current cases is.
The Chances of Developing Chronic vs. Acute Hepatitis B
As mentioned earlier; 70% of acquired hep B remains asymptomatic, but the other 30% of those affected present noticeable clinical signs almost immediately after infection in forms ranging from acute to chronic with no real knowledge for diagnostic certainty until testing has been carried out.
Recent studies suggest that males have an increased risk of progression toward symptoms- both acute and chronic therefore it tends to be men who visit clinics most often for early detection screenings compared with women even without clear indications being evident – let’s hear it for the guys!! (you go boys!)
So what can we take away from all this? Here are a few key points:
- Hepatitis B is a viral infection that infects up to 70% people unnoticed.
- Anyone could receive hepatitis B regardless of their background or history
- Those at highest risk should get tested: boo-boomers, men who have sex with men and injection drug users.
- People who aren’t experiencing any symptoms may still be infected.
In conclusion, everyone ought to be informed upon how serious hepatitis b infections can become if left undetected thus watching our lifestyles in conjunction with coming forward for periodic checkups will continually ensure you stay on top these matters as medical science advances its ability provide improved chances towards combating virulent diseases together!
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