what is Hepitis B? And what are the symptoms?
Aug 26, 2001
A friend just told me he had Hep-B, what is it and what are the symptoms? should I be concerned? What is the prognosis of someone who has it or has been exposed to it?
Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
Hepatitis B is a virus trasmitted by sex or blood contact.The majority of infected cases clear the virus,only 3% of all cases become chronic.There is therapy available.Your friend can have tests that specify his condition,and treatment if it is indicated.There is also a vaccine to prevent the infection.If his partner has had no vaccine ,they should use condoms till his status is clear and she gets the vaccine.
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