Q: What causes Hepatitis B?

A: Hepatitis B is a disease caused by a virus, the Hepatitis B virus. It attacks the liver and brings about various damage, from mild to severe. It has two types — acute Hepatitis B and chronic Hepatitis B.

Q: What are the differences between acute Hepatitis B and chronic Hepatitis B?

A: Acute Hepatitis B is a type of short-term infection, while chronic Hepatitis B is a long-term one. Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to serious damage and harm to the liver. Babies and young children who get infected with the virus are likely to develop chronic Hepatitis B and suffer from its symptoms and complications.

Q: How is Hepatitis B transmitted and spread?

A: There are different ways to transmit and spread Hepatitis B. 

  • - by having unprotected sex with a Hepatitis B infected person\- by sharing needles or syringes when injecting drugs
  • - by getting tattoos and piercings utilizing tools that have not been sterilized
  • - by sharing personal items like toothbrushes and razors with an infected person
  • - from an infected mother to her baby during child delivery

Q: What are the common Hepatitis B symptoms?

A: Most of the time, Hepatitis B does not trigger visible symptoms, but when they do show up, these are what to expect: tiredness, weakness, appetite loss, skin rashes, stomach pains, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and yellowing of the skin and/or eyes.

Q: How is Hepatitis B diagnosed?

A: The best way to diagnose Hepatitis B is through a Hepatitis B test. This test needs a blood sample of a patient to be examined and evaluated.

Q: How do you protect yourself against Hepatitis B?

A: Get a Hepatitis B vaccine to prevent the Hepatitis B infection.