What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Hepatitis B?

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Most people develop symptoms within the first three months after infection. The symptoms of HBV may include:

  • Abdominal pain (often near the liver)
  • Appetite loss
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Weakness/fatigue

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Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. Acute HBV will resolve itself within six months; chronic HBV is generally a life-long condition.

Type of Infection

Viral. The Hepatitis B virus infects the liver.

How is treated?

Antiviral Medicine. A single dose of Azithromycin or seven daily doses of Doxycycline.

Recovery Time

Upto 6 Months. An acute case of HBV is usually over within six months.

Can I have sex?

No. It is recommended that sexual intercourse is avoided until you are free from the disease.

Can I get re-infected?

No. Once you have had an acute HBV infection, you cannot get it again, though you can still contract other types of hepatitis.