What is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affect the Liver, which follows a very variable courses. The hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause an acute illness that resolves itself quickly without causing long-term liver damage.
Aim of Hepatitis B Foundation – Brighton
The project is set up to raise awareness Hepatitis B and to offer informational and emotional supports to people living with Hepatitis B and people who know someone living with Hepatitis B and wants information.
Do you know?
1 in 12 people worldwide is living with Hepatitis
Over 2 billion people come in contact with Hepatitis
350 million went on to developed chronic Hepatitis 6 months after initial
(8 time more than the 40 million living with HIV/AIDS)
500,000 people in the UK live with Hepatitis
1 in 70 people in the UK
Brighton and Hove are in the top 25 per cent
Twice the average for the South East
About 30% of people will not have symptoms
isk of Depression for ordinary
Risk of Depression for chronic illnesses
Simple blood test can easily diagnoses a hep B infection
The test look for antigens and antibodies such as Hep B panel 3 part blood test
1. HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen)
2. HBsAb or Anti-HBs (hepatitis B surface antibody)
3. HBcAb or anti-HBc (hepatitis B core antibody)
It takes about 4to 6 weeks before the virus could be detected
For Acute Hep B infection- the liver fight the virus in the first 6 month of contact
For Chronic Hep B infection- there is no complete cure- aside managing the symptoms
Hepatitis B is 100x more contagious that AIDS virus
(Yet it can be prevented with safe and effective vaccine)
Hep B Vaccination Schedule
1st injection – any time
2nd injection – at least 1 month after the 1st dose
3rd injection – 6 months after the 1st dose
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HepatitisBFoundationBrighton
Seeking volunteers to set up network for group support