Quick Answer: What Does Chronic Hepatitis Mean?

How did I get hepatitis?

You can get it through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person.

In the U.S., it’s most often spread through unprotected sex.

It’s also possible to get hepatitis B by sharing an infected person’s needles, razors, or toothbrush..

What does hepatitis pain feel like?

Pain or discomfort from an enlarged liver usually occurs in the upper right quadrant of the stomach. It may also be felt in the right upper back and shoulder blade area.

What is the most common cause of chronic hepatitis?

Common causes Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are frequent causes of chronic hepatitis; 5 to 10% of cases of HBV infection, with or without hepatitis D virus (HDV) coinfection, and about 75% of cases of HCV infection become chronic.

How does Hepatitis become chronic?

People who test positive for the hepatitis B virus for more than six months (after their first blood test result) are diagnosed as having a chronic infection. This means their immune system was not able to get rid of the hepatitis B virus and it still remains in their blood and liver.

Which hepatitis does not become chronic?

Common forms of viral hepatitis include: Hepatitis A: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were about 2,007 instances of acute hepatitis A infections in the U.S. in 2016. This form of hepatitis does not lead to a chronic infection and usually has no complications.

What organ is affected by hepatitis?

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis.

Is Hepatitis an STD?

Hepatitis B is a virus found in infected blood, semen (cum) and vaginal fluids. It’s a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can be passed on through unprotected sex. You can also get it from contaminated needles and syringes.

Can chronic hepatitis be cured?

Most adults with hepatitis B recover fully, even if their signs and symptoms are severe. Infants and children are more likely to develop a chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis B infection. A vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, but there’s no cure if you have the condition.

What is long term hepatitis?

Long-term infection with the hepatitis C virus is known as chronic hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C is usually a “silent” infection for many years, until the virus damages the liver enough to cause the signs and symptoms of liver disease. Signs and symptoms include: Bleeding easily. Bruising easily.

Is hepatitis chronic or acute?

Acute hepatitis C is the early stage when you’ve had hepatitis for less than six months. Chronic hepatitis C is the long-term type, which means you’ve had the condition for at least six months. Up to 85 percent of people who have hepatitis C will eventually develop the chronic form of the disease.

Which types of hepatitis are chronic?

In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer. Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water.