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Hepatitis B

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Introduction
Hepatitis B is a type of virus that can infect the liver. Chronic hepatitis B can develop without treatment, which can lead to more serious conditions.
Symptoms of hepatitis B
The vast majority of people who are infected with hepatitis B are able to fight off the virus, meaning their infection never becomes chronic (long-term)
Causes of hepatitis B
You can become infected with hepatitis B if you are not immune (resistant) to the virus and you come into contact with infected blood or body fluids
Diagnosing hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is diagnosed by a blood test.
Treating hepatitis B
Most people with hepatitis B recover fully in a couple of months
Complications of hepatitis B
Without treatment, about a third of people with chronic hepatitis B infection go on to develop a disease of the liver, which can be very serious.
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