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HEPATITIS-B

Hepatitis B is one of five viruses that can infect your liver, causing inflammation. It’s spread through bodily fluids. Most people only have a brief, acute infection. But for some people, it becomes chronic. A chronic infection can do serious long-term damage to your liver. Hepatitis B is preventable with a vaccine, but it has no cure.

Overview

What is hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects your liver. It causes inflammation in your liver tissues, which is what “hepatitis” means. It begins as an acute infection that’s usually short-lived. But in some people, it turns into a chronic infection that never goes away.

 

Long-term inflammation does serious damage to your liver over time. It can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. Like other chronic liver diseases, hepatitis B infection can do this damage without causing symptoms. Many people don’t realize they’re infected.

 

Why is it called “hepatitis B”?


There are several different viruses that can infect your liver and cause inflammation (hepatitis). They include hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Each is a little different in how they’re transmitted, how they affect your body and how they’re treated (or prevented).