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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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Major cause of liver cancer could be prevented as virus spread by SEX is targeted
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0800 | Daily Express - Health
LIVER cancer can be caused by a virus called hepatitis B - which can be spread through sex, but now experts believe drugs to treat the virus could be on the horizon. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

High priced anti-viral drugs do NOTHING to prevent hepatitis C, study finds
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:20:24 +0800 | NaturalNews.com
(Natural News) The word “hepatitis” refers to inflammation of the liver, and can have several causes, including heavy alcohol use, exposure to toxins, or a bacterial or viral infection. There are three different types of viral infections: hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, which are caused by different viruses, and have different methods of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Management of Bloodborne Virus (BBV) Risk in Bomb Blast Victims (Hepatitis B, C and HIV)
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:19:29 +0800 | Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
United Kingdom Department of Health. 05/23/2017 This two-page document provides guidance on managing the risk of blood-borne viruses (BBVs), such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV, in bomb blast victims. Complications of bomb injuries include that implantation of human body projectiles, derived from other victims and from suicide bombers, can occur, and that these projectiles create a potential risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

Engerix-B (Hepatitis B Vaccine Recombinant) - updated on RxList
Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0800 | RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)

Health Care Reform And Women: A Comparison Of The ACA And The AHCA
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 22:26:45 +0800 | Healthy Living - The Huffington Post
By Susan Blumenthal, M.D. and Alexandrea Adams The recent commemoration of National Women’s Health Week provided an important time to mark the progress that has been made in advancing women’s health over the past two decades and to highlight what more needs to be done to achieve women’s health equity in America. Historically, women have experienced discrimination in health care despite making 80 percent of health care decisions for their families, using more medical services than men, and suffering greater disability from chronic disease. Before the mid 1990’s, women were often excluded as subjects from medical research studies and underrepresented in the majority of clinical trials. Men were considered to be the “generic” humans in scientific studies, a...

Gaps in hepatitis testing and monitoring programmes across the EU/EEA
Wed, 31 May 2017 11:00:00 +0800 | EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) The survey results suggest a wide variation in existing national testing policy and practice when it comes to hepatitis B and C -- with overall limited monitoring of testing, diagnosis, and treatment across EU/EEA Member States. Many respondents expressed a need for Europe-wide practical guidance on how testing initiatives should be conducted, evaluated, and monitored. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Delayed Appearance of Anti-HBc in an Immunocompromised Patient Delayed Appearance of Anti-HBc in an Immunocompromised Patient
Fri, 26 May 2017 11:14:45 +0800 | Medscape Today Headlines
This case of a patient with positive hepatitis B surface antigen in the absence of hepatitis B core antibody demonstrates the complexity of interpretation of hepatitis B serological markers.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

HBIG Plus Antivirals May Prevent HBV Reinfection After Transplant HBIG Plus Antivirals May Prevent HBV Reinfection After Transplant
Tue, 23 May 2017 03:22:00 +0800 | Medscape Transplantation Headlines
A very short course of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) after liver transplantation, along with long-term antiviral therapy, may prevent hepatitis B virus (HBV) reinfection, a retrospective study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Screening Among Pregnant Women and Care of Infants of Hepatitis B Surface Antigen-Positive Mothers — Guam, 2014
Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 +0800 | CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

No Consistent Pattern of HBV Reactivation With Direct-acting Antivirals for HCV No Consistent Pattern of HBV Reactivation With Direct-acting Antivirals for HCV
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:25:43 +0800 | Medscape Transplantation Headlines
The largest case review to date of hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation associated with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection found no consistent pattern in terms of which patients are likely to develop this adverse event.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)


Related Concepts

Vaccine

Sexual risk (of HIV/STD/pregnancy), and what you can do before and after exposure.

Timeline HIV STD Pregnancy
Before exposure
Abstain from sex, Be faithful, or Condom use
Circumcision (males only)
Contraception
(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

* Males: Do not urinate for at least 4 hours before arriving.
* Females: testing is more accurate when you are not menstruating.


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