Hepatitis B Foundation – Brighton project


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?

Worldwide:

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)

UK

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

Women- 10-25%

Men- 5-10%

Risk of Depression for chronic illnesses

25-33%

Diagnosis

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

Treatment

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

 Prevention

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

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