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Hepatitis B Singapore: Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus.

Hepatitis B infection is caused by the Hepatitis B virus and is usually screened for by detecting HBsAg in the blood. Immunity may be discerned by detecting HBsAb, and if absent, the Hepatitis B vaccine or Twinrix® vaccine may be given.

  • The hepatitis B virus is 100 times more infectious than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and infects about 10 times more people than HIV worldwide.
  • Hepatitis B virus infects the liver, and more than 350 million people in the world are lifelong hepatitis B virus carriers.
  • Long-term hepatitis B virus infection causes at least one million premature deaths every year from cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer. It is second only to tobacco as the leading cause of cancer in humans.
  • Among the Hepatitis B carriers, 25% will develop serious liver diseases, including chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • The hepatitis B virus can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth, 1 in 20 Singaporeans are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus.

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Janssen Enters Collaboration with Bavarian Nordic to Develop Vaccines Against Hepatitis B Virus and HIV-1
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:35:21 +0800 | Johnson and Johnson
Collaboration to combine Janssen ’s vaccine technologies with MVA-BN® technology from Bavarian Nordic to advance potential new vaccine regimens (Source: Johnson and Johnson)

Eliminate hepatitis: WHO
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0800 | WHO news
New WHO data from 28 countries - representing approximately 70% of the global hepatitis burden - indicate that efforts to eliminate hepatitis are gaining momentum. Published to coincide with World Hepatitis Day, the data reveal that nearly all 28 countries have established high-level national hepatitis elimination committees (with plans and targets in place) and more than half have allocated dedicated funding for hepatitis responses. On World Hepatitis Day, WHO is calling on countries to continue to translate their commitments into increased services to eliminate hepatitis. This week, WHO has also added a new generic treatment to its list of WHO-prequalified hepatitis C medicines to increase access to therapy, and is promoting prevention through injection safety: a key factor in reducing h...

Pakistan tackles high rates of hepatitis from many angles
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0800 | WHO Feature Stories
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)

Hepatitis drugs more affordable but disease still deadly: WHO
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:15:00 +0800 | Reuters: Health
GENEVA (Reuters) - Prices of drugs to cure hepatitis C and to treat hepatitis B are dropping dramatically, offering affordability and hope to 325 million people living with the viral liver disease that can be fatal, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

WHO commemorates World Hepatitis Day in Pakistan
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:15:13 +0800 | WHO EMRO News
Cairo, 27 July 2017 The World Health Organization and its partners will commemorate tomorrow World Hepatitis Day to add momentum to efforts aimed at implementing WHO's global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016–2021 and to help Member States achieve the final goal: Eliminating Hepatitis. For this occasion an event will be held at Serena Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan on 10 August 2017. In 2015 nearly 325 million people around the world were living with chronic hepatitis infections, out of which 1.34 million people died. In reality, both hepatitis B and C are preventable while hepatitis B is manageable and hepatitis C is now curable: 95% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 2–3 months. The Eastern Mediterranean Region is one of the regions most affect...

Infections in immigrants now pushing governments to mandate MORE vaccine injections for citizens who don't even carry the diseases
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:35:32 +0800 |
(Natural News) In the United Kingdom, ALL babies will be FORCED to receive the Infanrix Hexa vaccine to protect them against a deadly cancer-causing virus. Experts fear hepatitis B is becoming a common issue due to immigration. Therefore, starting from August 1 this year every baby born in the U.K. will receive three Hexa jabs... (Source:

ECDC: Chronic hepatitis B, C affects 9 million Europeans
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:52:47 +0800 | Health News -
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, or ECDC, estimates that approximately 9 million Europeans are impacted by chronic hepatitis B or C. (Source: Health News -

Dynavax hepatitis B vaccine works; raises safety issues: FDA
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:39:23 +0800 | Reuters: Health
(Reuters) - Dynavax Technologies Corp's experimental hepatitis B vaccine is effective, but there were more deaths and serious cardiac events in patients given the vaccine than in those given a rival product, according to a preliminary Food and Drug Administration report published on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

More deaths with Dynavax vaccine but overall rate low: FDA
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:44:12 +0800 | Reuters: Health
(Reuters) - There were more deaths in patients taking Dynavax Technologies Corp's experimental hepatitis B vaccine than those taking a rival product, but the overall rate of death was low, a preliminary review by Food and Drug Administration reviewers concluded. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Draft Research Plan for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:45:08 +0800 | HSR Information Central
The USPSTF is seeking public comments on their draft research plan for Hepatitis B screening in pregnant women. The comment period is open through August 9, 2017. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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Timeline HIV STD Pregnancy
Before exposure
Abstain from sex, Be faithful, or Condom use
Circumcision (males only)
(females only)
HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)
– Stop HIV infection before exposure
STD vaccine:
Hepatitis vaccine
HPV vaccine
STD / HIV exposure
Unsafe sex / unprotected sex:
No condom / Condom broke / Condom slip
0-72 hours HIV PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
– Stop HIV infection after exposure
STD testing *
Screening test
– to look for asymptomatic infections
– from previous exposures
Emergency contraception
with the
morning-after pill
(females only)
2 weeks HIV DNA Test
1 month HIV 4th Generation Test
SD Bioline HIV Ag/Ab Combo
– Fingerprick blood sampling.
20 minutes to results
3 months HIV 3rd Generation Test
OraQuick® HIV-1/2 Antibody
– Oral fluid or
– Fingerprick blood sampling.
20 minutes to results
STD testing *
– Full & comprehensive
diagnostic test
– to look for current infections
Watch for HIV Symptoms STD Symptoms
If infected HIV Treatment STD Treatment Abortion

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