Hepatitis B Symptoms in Women & Men

Introduction to Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver disease which is a result of the infection caused by the Hepatitis virus also known as HBV.

Hepatitis B symptoms in women and men includes yellowing of the eyes, joint and muscle pain, loss of appetite, fever, fatigue, abdominal discomfort etc. ​

Since the primary cause of Hepatitis B is transmission of contaminated body fluids, Hepatitis B can easily spread and turn into a chronic condition soon enough.

Majority of cases reported last year in New York were of Hepatitis B which signals a bad lifestyle, careless sexual activities and more than one sexual partner. Here’s what all you should know about Hepatitis B:

​On an average 0.5 people out of 1,00,000 in New York are affected by Hepatitis B.

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Hepatitis B Facts

      1. Hepatitis B can be spread by coming in contact with infected blood, semen, cervical secretions and saliva.
      2. The virus causing Hepatitis B, HBV tends to live on the surface of the body for at least 7 days which clearly means that it can be transmitted through objects that has come in contact with infected body fluids; example needles.
      3. Not only body fluids are responsible for transmission of Hepatitis B, but blood transfusion or inadequate sterilization of medical equipment can also become the reason for transfer of HBV infection.
      4. Although Hepatitis B cannot be associated with a chronic condition but according to statistics around 5% of adults die from the disease.
      5. Hepatitis B symptoms usually take upto 7-10 days to reveal that the body has been exposed to the HBV virus.
      6. Hepatitis B vaccination are available at nearly all medical centers, in fact in many medical institutions it is necessary to have an Hepatitis B vaccination at child birth.

Hepatitis B Symptoms

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Symptoms in Women

The early stage of Hepatitis B usually lasts for at least 6 months, post which it develops into a chronic condition.

At the initial stage, acute Hepatitis B can be managed easily provided it is diagnosed on time.

Although, it takes around 7-10 days for the symptoms to show up. Here are basic symptoms of Hepatitis B in women.

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      1. Fever and Fatigue
      2. Joint pain
      3. Nausea or vomiting
      4. Loss of appetite
      5. Abdominal pain
      6. Dark colored urine
      7. Dark bowel movements
      8. Jaundice
      9. Pain over the liver
      10. Diarrhea
      11. General and consistent pains in the body

Things to consider: Hepatitis B can NOT spread through

    1. Kissing and holding hands
    2. Hugging, coughing and sneezing
    3. Sharing objects like utensils.

Pregnancy and Hepatitis B

Treatment for Hepatitis B during pregnancy is available. It should be noted that any women infected with Hepatitis B during pregnancy should be treated on time under proper supervision so as the disease does not reach the infant.

Infants may die after being infected from Hepatitis B according to a survey conducted by a leading hospital of United States. As a treatment, antiviral therapy with tenofovir is recommended by many physicians.

Who are at risk of Hepatitis B?

    1. Sex partners of individuals carrying HBV.
    2. Infants born from mother carrying HBV.
    3. People with more than one sex partner
    4. Hemodialysis patients
    5. People with other sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV.

Symptoms in Men

Hepatitis B in men is similar to those of women. Here are the Hepatitis B symptoms in men:

Basic symptoms of Hepatitis B in Men

      1. Fever and Fatigue
      2. Joint pain
      3. Nausea or vomiting
      4. Loss of appetite
      5. Abdominal pain
      6. Dark colored urine
      7. Dark bowel movements
      8. Jaundice
      9. Pain over the liver
      10. Diarrhea
      11. General and consistent pains in the body

10 Complications caused by Hepatitis B

      1. Scarring of the liver or Liver cirrhosis
      2. Liver failure
      3. Fibrosis
      4. Glomerulonephritis or a group of diseases that can fatally attack the kidney or any other organs of the body.
      5. Cryoglobulinemia
      6. Hepatic Encephalopathy which is a group of neuropsychiatric abnormalities
      7. Anemia or Inflammation of blood vessels
      8. Porphyria that affects the nervous systems.
      9. Viral Co-Infection
      10. Liver cancer

How to treat Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is not a chronic disease but it can easily progress into few like Cancer and HIV. As mentioned earlier the symptoms of Hepatitis B does not reveal themselves until the end of second week. In case you feel that you might have Hepatitis B, it is recommended that you conduct an STD test or a panel test.

Treatment of Hepatitis B cannot be done with over the counter products and home remedies. You can connect with us and book an appointment online or telephonically. We maintain strict confidentiality agreement for our patients, and adopt minimal paperwork so as to reduce the time involved in formalities. The results are provided within 3-5 days of the test.

Post clearance of test and in case you are detected as Hepatitis B positive, our medical practitioners will provide you with medical prescription. Proper cure and precautions are notified and listed for you to be followed which will help you in fast recovery.

In case you feel you have Hepatitis B, then what to do?

If you're experiencing some of Hepatitis B symptoms and you think you might be infected, the first thing you should do is to get tested at our STD testing clinic to know your STD status.

A blood sample is required to get you tested for Hepatitis B. Once you'll get tested, your results will be emailed to you in 1-2 days.