What Is Hepatitis B?

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Hepatitis B is another virus that can affect the liver, it's present in most of your bodily fluids and it can be passed sexually or through direct blood to blood contact. On a world wide level most Hepatitis B is passed from mother to child. In the United States, most is passed sexually.

Hepatitis B is also a chronic condition. It is silent without symptoms. The virus lives in the liver, where it makes copies of itself and causes inflammation. That inflammation, just like hepatitis C can lead over time to progressive scarring of the liver, which when advanced, we call cirrhosis.