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All About Hepatitis B: Get Educated before your Hepatitis B Test

by Marissa Lynch

Take charge of your sexual health with STDClinic’s discreet Hepatitis B test. Read on to learn more about Hepatitis B symptoms, testing, and treatment.

Hepatitis B Overview

Hepatitis B, or HBV, is a liver disease that is considered more infectious than HIV/AIDS. In 2015, 1 in 5 people infected with HBV died due to complications with the virus. Get a Hepatitis B test kit on STCClinic.com to be sure you’re virus free

The word ‘hepatitis’ comes from the Greek words ‘hêpar,’ liver and ‘itis,’ inflammation. There are a few different varieties of Hepatitis, including- A, B, and C. Hepatitis B spreads via contact with the blood of an infected person or their vaginal, seminal, or anal secretions

An estimated between 850,000 to 2.5 million in the USA are infected with Hepatitis B, though 50% of infected people aren’t aware they have it. Millennials make up 36% of all recent Hepatitis B cases.

While this STD generally clears on its own, HBV can translate to permanent liver damage, cancer, and death when untreated.

Symptoms

Acute-HBV can show up with or without symptoms, depending on the person. Affected persons feel mild to severe effects.

If the virus fails to clear after 6 months, however, the infected person may have chronic HBV. In this case, the virus remains in the bloodstream and threatens the liver functions of the affected individual.

If you do show symptoms, they are likely to show up within six weeks of infection.

It’s important for you and your sexual partners to routinely check for STIs just to be safe.

When you check for STI’s, you’re making sure that you and your sexual partners’ health is taken into consideration. Some STI’s get worse over time, but most are treatable with the advice and care of your doctor. Regular STI checks will make sure you are in control of your own sexual health.

  • Fever and fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Light-colored feces
  • Pelvic pain and tenderness
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Malaise and vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Swelling of the stomach
  • Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin

How do you contract Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is considered 50-100x more infectious than HIV/AIDs. The virus can be transmitted in multiple ways:

  • Unprotected sexual contact with affected persons
  • Shared needles
  • Unsanitary blood transfusions and dialysis can cause infections
  • Prenatal transmission from mother to infant

When to Check

Pregnant mothers are encouraged to test for Hepatitis B. Those with high-risk sexual lifestyles and occupations-- such as medical and aid workers-- are also encouraged to get regularly tested for HBV.

NOTE: If you suspect you may have an STI, it is highly recommended that you stop having sex until you’ve recieved medical advice. Doing so ensures you and any potential partners lessen the risk of spreading disease.

Preparation for Testing

The Hepatitis B test is a standard blood test, and doesn’t require any special preparation before testing.

  • 1. Schedule

    Select and order your test online. You'll receive an order confirmation with all the information you need to take your blood test.

  • 2. Get Tested

    Go to the clinic nearest you and take your blood test. Be sure to bring the confirmation email with you to the clinic!

  • 3. Results

    Receive your results on STDClinic.com

Know Your Treatments

  • There are vaccines that can prevent Hepatitis B, though widespread infections make HBV a global health issue. Speak to your doctor about the method of preventative care and treatment that is best for you.
  • To learn more, speak to your doctor to get personalized information about your diagnosis. With your STDClinic.com test results, you’re one step closer to making informed decisions about your sexual health.
  • Be sure to retest one month after starting treatment to be sure you are free of the infection. You and your partner are recommended not to engage in sexual relations until you’ve finished your prescription.
  • Take control of your sexual health.
    Buy your Chlamydia test on STDClinic today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an STD?

An STD, or sexually transmitted disease, is an infection that is primarily transmitted through sexual fluids during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sometimes, STDs are referred to as “venereal diseases.” Many STDs can be cured when they are properly diagnosed. Get tested for STDs at STDClinic.com.

How can I know if I have an STD?

Since some STDs are asymptomatic, the only way to really know if you have an STD is to get tested. Order your STD test online here.

How does STDClinic.com work?

STDClinic makes it easy to get discreet, fast STD blood and urine test results. First, select and purchase the test you want. Then, download your proof of purchase form- also called a “requisition form”- and bring it to the clinic. Take your test at the clinic nearest you. Afterwards, see your results online.

Is Hepatitis an STD?

There are different types of Hepatitis, and they can be spread in different ways. Because they can be contracted through sexual contact, Hepatitis can be considered an STD.

Is Hepatitis B contagious?

Yes. Hepatitis B can be spread with contact to the infected person’s blood or bodily fluids.
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Medically reviewed by Zion Ben Refael, MD on April 1st, 2021.

Resources

  1. Hepatitis B - CDC Fact Sheet https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/
  2. Hepatitis B - https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/hbvfaq.htm#treatment
  3. Hepatitis B - https://www.cdc.gov/std/general/hepatitis.htm

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