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Hepatitis B, Singapore - Shim Clinic

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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Hepatitis A Has Hit Los Angeles, a Week After Sickening Hundreds in San Diego
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:46:38 +0800 | Top Science and Health Stories
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NPPA slashes prices of medicines for TB, cancer, hepatitis B by up to 20%
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:01:56 +0800 | The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News
The move is expected to slash prices of some of these drugs, like Hepatitis B immunoglobulin, by as much as 20%, a senior government told ET on condition of anonymity. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)

Sudan: New Cholera Cases in Central Darfur and Sennar, Hepatitis in Blue Nile
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:31:49 +0800 | AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine
[Radio Dabanga] Zalingei / El Souki / Ed Damazin -Seven new cholera cases were recorded in the camps for the displaced near Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur, over the weekend. The isolation centre in Nierteti received four new patients. Cholera is spreading again in eastern Sudan's Sennar. Hundreds of people have reportedly been infected with Hepatitis B in Blue Nile state's Geissan. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Hepatitis B and C Viruses and Biologics Hepatitis B and C Viruses and Biologics
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:14:56 +0800 | Medscape Today Headlines
How should one approach patients with HBV or HCV who are candidates for biological therapy for psoriasis or other skin disorders?Skin Therapy Letter (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Johnson & Johnson arm halts R & D on Hepatitis C drug
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 01:55:23 +0800 | The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News
​​Instead, the company will focus on a cure for chronic hepatitis B, an inflammation of the liver caused by a different virus. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)

Janssen to Discontinue Hepatitis C Development Program
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:19:36 +0800 | Johnson and Johnson
Viral Hepatitis Research and Development to Focus on Addressing Significant Unmet Needs in Chronic Hepatitis B (Source: Johnson and Johnson)

Does Hepatitis B Cause Liver Cancer?
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0800 | MedicineNet Cancer General
Title: Does Hepatitis B Cause Liver Cancer?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 9/11/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/11/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)

Guidance issued on restricted use of hep B vaccine until 2018
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:31:00 +0800 | Nursing Times
Nurses and midwives have been warned that a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccines is “impacting severely” on the UK and is likely to limit the country’s supply until early 2018. (Source: Nursing Times)

Hep B vaccine should be given to babies sooner, pediatricians say
Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:03:26 +0800 | Health News -
The first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine should be given to babies within 24 hours of birth, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say. (Source: Health News -

Pediatricians: Give Hepatitis B Vaccine Sooner
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:14:04 +0800 | WebMD Health
Shot should come within 24 hours of delivery, and not at first checkup (Source: WebMD Health)

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Before exposure
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(females only)
HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)
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with the
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1 month HIV 4th Generation Test
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