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What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). WHO reports that 6,000 people are newly infected with viral hepatitis each day and almost 3,000 people die from viral hepatitis every day. The infection can be either acute or chronic, leading to severe outcomes such as liver cancer, scarring/hardening of the liver and liver failure. Common ways that HBV spread is from mother to child at birth and exposure to infected blood and body fluids.

Most people do not experience any symptoms when newly infected. However, some symptoms to look out for include:

Dark Urine, Pee Cup, Free Hepatitis B Screening, Beacon Hospital

Dark urine

Fatigue, Tiredness, Free Hepatitis B Screening, Beacon Hospital


Vomitting, Nausea, Free Hepatitis B Screening-Beacon Hospital

Nausea/ vomiting

Gastric Juice, Abdominal Pain, Free Hepatitis B Screening-Beacon Hospital

Abdominal pain

Yellowish Eye, Jaundice, Free Hepatitis B Screening-Beacon Hospital

Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)

Screening & Treatment for a Healthy Liver

All adults above 18 years of age can be screened for hepatitis B. Although anyone can get infected, people at greater risk include health care workers, individuals with partners who have hepatitis B or other sexually transmitted infections, and family history of hepatitis B infection.

There is no specific treatment for acute hepatitis B. Chronic hepatitis B can be treated with oral medications such as tenofovir or entecavir. Treatment can:

  • Slow down liver scarring and cirrhosis progression
  • Reduce liver cancer risk
  • Enhance long-term survival

Beacon Hospital is now offering Free Hepatitis B screening aiming to raise awareness and highlight the importance of early detection, prevention of hepatitis B infection and ensuring timely treatment for those who may be infected.

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