Hepatitis B – The Forgotten STD

In my line of work I see many people with STD concerns. I’ve counseled many patients with regards to HIV, Herpes, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and more. I’ve however noticed that the topic of Hepatitis B hardly ever comes up. Most people are either unaware that it is an STD or are surprisingly unconcerned about it. Perhaps this stems from the fact that Singapore has a childhood vaccination program that immunizes all our newborns against Hepatitis B. Even so, approximately 4% to 6% of our local Singaporean population carries Hepatitis B. In other...

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B, while rare in western nations, is endemic in many countries in south asia. It can cause acute infection or evolve into a chronic state where it can cause long term damage to the liver. Patients who have chronic Hepatits B infection are prone to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Spread of Hepatitis B The virus that causes Hepatitis B (HBV) is spread through the exchange of bodily fluids from person to person generally during sexual contact. It is very infectious. According to estimates, it is nearly 100 times more infectious than...

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