Includes: 1 Hep B test kit, pre-addressed return envelope (Postage Paid)
Get tested for Hepatitis B in the comfort of your own home. Like Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B (Hep B) is a liver infection. It is caused by a virus that occurs in the blood.
Below, we give a brief summary of the key points you need to know about this virus.
Acute Hep B typically happens within 6 months after being infected. If not treated early, it can develop into chronic Hep B. However, progressing from acute to chronic Hep B depends on age.
Acute Hep B can cause symptoms like:
Chronic Hep B typically develops after being infected with acute Hep B. This infection can last much longer and perhaps the rest of one’s lifetime. Chronic Hep B causes more serious health problems such as:
These health problems are treatable but can be fatal if left untreated. Luckily, vaccination for Hep B is routine among U.S. children and cases tend to be rare.
If you are an adult, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor or immunization records if you’ve already been vaccinated or should get vaccinated. Oftentimes, people infected with Hepatitis B do not show symptoms. If not treated early, Hep B can lead to serious health consequences.
The goods new is Hepatitis B can be prevented and treated when taking the proper steps. You may be tested for Hepatitis B if you also plan to start taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). As part of the PrEP therapy protocol, Hep B is one of several tests performed to determine if a person can start taking PrEP.
Hep B spreads through direct contact with blood of bodily fluids of a Hep B positive person. Hep B can spread by doing activities with an infected person such as:
Getting vaccinated can prevent Hepatitis B infection. Check with your healthcare provider to ensure that you are a candidate for a Hepatitis B vaccination.
There are a few exceptions for not getting vaccinated, but they’re very rare. One reason could be if the person has a life-threatening allergy to baker’s yeast or to any component of the Hep B vaccine. Another is if the person experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction to the previous Hep B vaccine dose. Lastly, if the person is moderate to severely ill by the time they are due for the next vaccine dose. In this case, it’s best to wait until the person fully recovers to get the next vaccine dose.
If you discover you are Hepatitis B positive, you may still be vaccinated depending on the circumstance of getting infected.
|If you were infected by:||Healthcare providers typically treat as follows:|
|Unprotected sex:||A single vaccine dose is given within 14 days of the most recent contact.|
|A needle or sharp object:||A single vaccine dose is given as soon as possible. Ideally, within 24 hours of being exposed. Then follow the typical vaccine schedule.|
Although rare in the United States, expecting mothers that are Hepatitis B positive during pregnancy can still help their unborn child. This involves having the infant vaccinated within the first 12 hours of birth followed by a second a third dose 1-2 and 6 months later.
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