Did you know that hepatitis B is the most common blood-borne virus in the world? 

 One out of every 24 people in the world has hepatitis B. That’s roughly 2 billion people, many of whom aren’t even aware they have been infected! In the United States alone, about 862,000 people have chronic hepatitis B. 

You can take steps to protect yourself from hepatitis B and its potential complications, by getting vaccinated. Call us @ 718-DORAL-500 to find out more. 

What is Hepatitis B? 

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which can cause cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. 

Acute and Chronic Hepatitis B  

Exposure to the Hepatitis B virus can lead to either short-lived infections or long-lasting effects. 

Those who have hepatitis C often also have hepatitis B—the two viruses are closely related. 

Routes of transmission 

Hepatitis B is contagious and can spread from an infected person to another through blood or body fluids (including semen, vaginal secretions, and saliva).  

You are likely to get hepatitis B if you: 



HIV infection is commonly found in people infected with HBV. Over 2.7 million people (about the population of Mississippi) with HBV infection are also infected with HIV. Conversely, the global prevalence of HBV infection in HIV-infected persons is 7.4%.  


Your doctor will examine you and order diagnostic tests that can help diagnose HBV. 

Physical exam– to check for signs of infection like  

Blood tests- to check the viral load, the duration of infection, the extent of liver damage  

Liver ultrasound– Transient elastography t0 assess liver damage. 

Liver biopsy– a small sample of your liver is taken to check for liver damage. 


Chronic HBV infection can lead to severe liver damage. Some of the life-threatening complications are: 

People with chronic hepatitis B may also develop inflammation of blood vessels and kidney diseases. 


Untreated acute hepatitis B infection typically resolves on its own in 6 months. If the symptoms are severe, doctors might recommend nutritional care and fluid replacement. 

Chronic hepatitis B infection is treated with antiviral medications, and interferon injections and in extreme cases the doctors might suggest a liver transplant. 


Hepatitis B (HBV) is a deadly virus that affects your liver. Even if you don’t know it yet, there’s a chance that someone with HBV may have infected you with hepatitis B without your knowledge.  

Make an appointment today for your first vaccination because getting vaccinated is the only way to reduce the risk of getting this potentially deadly viral infection. 

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