After several inquiry email messages to my box about hepatitis B virus, I decided to listen to our esteem readers by writing on the facts about hepatitis B virus. Let us create awareness about this deadly organism and eradicate hepatitis B virus from our societies. Below are the facts about hepatitis B virus.
FACT 1: hepatitis B virus is far deadlier than HIV.
FACT 2: it is the commonest cause of viral hepatitis.
FACT 3: it is present in all body fluids like blood, urine, semen, vaginal and cervical secretions, breast milk, tears, and saliva of infected persons.
FACT 4: hepatitis B virus is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
FACT 5: it can be transmitted through sexual contact.
FACT 6: this virus can be transmitted via body contact with infected persons.
FACT 7: the virus causes liver cancer
FACT 8: hepatitis B virus can survive on a non-living surface for up to 3 months (HIV survives just 3-5 minutes in a non-living surface).
FACT 9: it is transmitted from mother-to-child during pregnancy.
FACT 10: The rate of transmission of hepatitis B virus from mother-to-child is 90%! Now that is huge.
FACT 11: every pregnant woman is screened for the virus and vaccinated during antenatal visits.
FACT 12: it damages the liver by causing inflammation and scarring.
FACT 13: a cause liver failure.
FACT 15: it can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis.
FACT 16: persons infected with the virus may not have any symptoms but can infect others. They are called carriers.
FACT 17: about 300 million persons are carriers of the virus in the world.
FACT 18: it can be transmitted via needle stick prick, blood spray, and touching blood with unprotected hands.
FACT 19: recipients of the unscreened blood and blood products are at risk of contracting the virus.
FACT 20: Everybody is at risk of being infected but health workers, intravenous drug abusers, commercial sex workers are at greater risk.
FACT 21: the infection is treatable but the drugs are very expensive and relapses are high.
FACT 22: hepatitis B virus infection is best prevented by immunization.
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