Be aware of symptoms that may indicate hepatitis B. Get tested.
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) can lead to both, acute and chronic infection that causes often silent or unrecognized liver inflammation. Chronic HBV carriers are often not aware of their deadly disease for a long period of time. Those who develop symptoms, suffer from fatigue, poor appetite, stomach pain, nausea or jaundice. For many adolescents and adults, hepatitis B is a short-term illness – they resolve an acute infection and develop long-lasting immunity. For others and in particular for young children, HBV infection persists and becomes a long-term, chronic infection – often unnoticed. Those affected are at high risk to develop liver cirrhosis and liver cancer and to finally die from it. As it is very hard to diagnose HBV infection due to the lack of specific symptoms, blood tests are needed to diagnose and inform those who are affected and should receive medical care.