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Although many individuals have heard of Hepatitis B, few are aware of the symptoms. While Hepatitis B can result in serious liver damage or long-term repercussions, other symptoms can be milder. Learn about the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B, as well as what steps to follow for a successful recovery.
Hepatitis B is an infection that can be acute or chronic in nature. Hepatitis B is the virus that causes it (HBV). Hepatitis is a liver illness in which the liver is inflamed. Hepatitis A, B, and C are three different viruses that have many of the same symptoms. Hepatitis B (and C), in contrast to Hepatitis A, which sometimes goes away without therapy, usually causes more serious symptoms and necessitates more aggressive treatment. Hepatitis B symptoms are rarely fatal. In fact, they may only endure a short time. HBV, on the other hand, can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer, both of which can be life-threatening.
Many individuals are unaware that one of the most prevalent signs of Hepatitis B is the absence of symptoms. Nearly half of all HBV infected people are asymptomatic, which means they have no symptoms. When HBV symptoms appear, they might be so mild that people mistake them for a cold or the flu, and the symptoms go away, leaving the person uninformed of their infection.
For certain people, hepatitis B can be a life-threatening infection. This means that the symptoms of Hepatitis B will go away on their own as the immune system tries to rid the body of the virus. Others, on the other hand, have chronic Hepatitis B, which means their bodies can’t get rid of the virus. Chronic Hepatitis B symptoms are similar to those of acute Hepatitis B infection, and many people have no symptoms and are unaware of their diagnosis.
The infection will not go away without adequate treatment, even if the symptoms go away on their own. Hepatitis B, if left untreated, can lead to serious health issues. Testing not only gives you with the results of your infection, but it also directs you to an experienced doctor who can prescribe therapy.
Hepatitis B can be prevented in a variety of ways. Getting vaccinated is one of the most effective methods since it provides lifelong protection. You, like many others, may have been immunized during infancy. Are you unsure whether or not you’ve been vaccinated? Your doctor can advise you on whether or not the vaccine is right for you.
To better protect yourself and your partner from developing Hepatitis B, you need understand how it is transmitted. HBV is extremely contagious; according to the Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis B causes 50 to 100 times the number of infections as HIV. Hepatitis B is spread by the body’s fluids, including vaginal fluids, sperm, blood, and urine. It can be spread via vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
Another strategy to avoid Hepatitis B is to practice safe sex. The use of dental dams or condoms, as well as abstinence, are examples of safe sex practices.
You can get Hepatitis B via sharing needles, toothbrushes, razors, or other tools that can transport infected blood from one person to another. Kissing, breastfeeding, sharing meals, coughing, sneezing, hugging, or hand holding do not spread hepatitis B.
If you suspect you’ve been exposed to HBV or are suffering Hepatitis B symptoms, we urge being tested as soon as possible. We also recommend that you and your sexual partner, or partners, get tested on a regular basis to help prevent the spread of STDs.
Hepatitis B testing can be very useful to your health. If you think you could be pregnant, it’s even more important to get tested for Hepatitis B. Because the virus is highly contagious and can be passed on to your kid, it’s critical to get tested.
Even people who undergo regular physicals and gynecological exams should be tested for Hepatitis B on a regular basis because it isn’t usually looked for unless it is specifically requested.
A blood test is required for testing. Your test may come out as a false negative if you’ve been infected in less than two months. This is true even if you are currently experiencing Hepatitis B symptoms and have HBV in your system. You’re probably curious as to why. The HBV antibodies that the test identifies take around two months to develop after being infected. Negative results may need to be retested to confirm accuracy.
Hepatitis B symptoms usually go away on their own after around 4 to 8 weeks. Although there is presently no cure for HBV, over 90% of infected adults recover completely. If your Hepatitis B symptoms go away on their own, you may not need any further treatment. Your doctor may recommend nothing more than getting adequate rest, drinking enough of water, and eating a healthy diet.
Chronic Hepatitis B symptoms require a slightly different treatment approach. Avoid alcohol, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and other substances that can harm your liver. Your doctor can prescribe a safe drug to help you cope with the symptoms of Hepatitis B. There are over-the-counter drugs available, but you should be cautious because they can harm your liver. To safeguard your health and safety, consult your doctor before taking any supplements, drinks, or medications.
Those who have chronic HBV are likely to be carriers for the rest of their lives. You can still be contagious even if you have no symptoms and are taking your medication appropriately. It is critical for your and your partner’s health that you always practice safe sex and maintain an open dialogue about your infection.
Hepatitis B patients might find support via support groups. These organizations offer emotional assistance to people living with a chronic illness. Many people find it beneficial to talk to others who have had similar experiences and can understand the difficulties that chronic illnesses can cause.
HBV is a highly contagious disease. Unfortunately, the infection can be transmitted to the baby after delivery. If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, we encourage that you be tested so you can learn more about your health. Babies can recover from the illness if they are treated properly. However, if your child is not treated, he or she may develop chronic Hepatitis B symptoms.
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The age, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and medical history all play a role in STD testing. If you’re at risk for one STD, you might be at risk for others as well, so you should get complete testing.
To ensure accuracy, all of our STD testing are conducted using urine and/or blood tests. We don’t use swabs or saliva tests.
Yes, a woman’s menstrual period should not prevent her from getting tested for STDs if she is at risk.
The majority of tests provide an electronic result within 48-72 Hours. HIV RNA and Trichomoniasis tests may take an extra day.
If you’re having a pee test, don’t urinate for at least an hour before the test to guarantee a large enough sample size. If you’re taking the wellness panel, you’ll also need to fast for 12 hours before the exam. You don’t need to do anything else to get ready for your STD test.
It’s hard to know which STDs you’ve had contact with; if you’re at risk for one, you’re at risk for all. Taking our 10-Test Panel is the best method to ensure that you are fully informed and aware of all potential STDs.
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis A, B, C, Genital herpes, Oral herpes, HIV 1 & 2, and Syphilis tests are available. We offer both individual and bundle testing. Find out more about STD Testing.
If you are slightly sexually active, we recommend being tested for STDs at least twice a year. More regular testing is recommended if you are sexually active, have several partners, or have previously tested positive for one or more STDs.
The visit takes about five minutes or less from the time you arrive. The visit consists of basic urine and/or blood collection and then you walk out.
Absolutely No. Our partner labs perform a variety of other diagnostic tests that need urine and/or blood samples too, so there is no way they will be aware of the STD Test.
There is no need to schedule an appointment. After you’ve placed your order, you can come to the lab at any time during business hours to collect your samples. If you’re short on time, phone the lab to schedule an appointment.
You can take the test as soon as you receive your Order Form (or confidential test code). The order form will be available through your online account and/or emailed to you.
It’s a blood test that can detect syphilis in as little as two weeks after exposure (compared to 4 weeks to 3 months with a standard RPR test)
It’s a blood test that can detect HIV in as little as 9-11 days after exposure (vs. 2-6 weeks with an HIV antigen/antibody test).
HIV: 2-6 weeks, Syphilis: 1-3 months, Herpes: 6-26 days, Chlamydia: 1-3 weeks, Gonorrhea: 2-3 days, Hepatitis B: 1-5 months, Hepatitis C: 2-6 months, Trichomonas: 5-28 days
If you are positive, we will provide you with a doctor consultation and a written prescription for a $95 fee. A written prescription for your partner is available for an additional fee of $95. We can even call your prescriptions into your pharmacy on your behalf.
Yes, being treated for an STD does not prevent you from contracting the infection again.
No, due to privacy concerns, our live chat representatives are unable to look up your results. However, you can contact our Medical Advisors to inquire about the status of your results.