- Q What increases my risk for chronic hepatitis B?
Your risk for chronic hepatitis B increases if you are exposed to the hepatitis B virus as an infant or young child. Mothers infected with hepatitis B can pass the infection onto their newborn during birth. The following factors also increase your risk... Full Answer
- Q What is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B (HBV) is a viral infection that can cause acute or chronic inflammation of the liver. It is one of five hepatitis viruses that affect the liver. Hepatitis B is contagious and can be spread through infected bodily fluids, such as semen,... Full Answer
- Q What is hepatitis?
Hepatitis, which means "liver inflammation," is a liver disorder that causes the liver to become inflamed. Hepatitis is also the name given to five viruses that affect the liver- Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. The main causes of hepatitis are: viral... Full Answer
- Q What is hepatitis C (HCV)?
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C infection is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and can be transmitted through contact with blood infected with the virus. Hepatitis C infection can be acute or... Full Answer
- Q What is the prognosis for people with hepatitis C?
The prognosis for people with hepatitis C varies. Up to 80% of people with acute hepatitis C have no symptoms; for those who have fever, fatigue, and other symptoms, no treatment is available beyond rest, good nutrition and fluids. Fifteen to 25 percent... Full Answer
- Q Why are baby boomers more likely to get hepatitis C?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineIf you're a baby boomer, get tested for hepatitis C, get treated, and get on it today! The reason why is people born between 1945 and 1965 are the segment of the population most likely to have hepatitis C and yet most have no idea they're... Full Answer