How Long Does Acute Hepatitis B Last

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When someone is tested and confirmed of acute hepatitis B virus, it would be called “Acute Infection”. Most people with this infection do not have any symptoms and can get treated from the virus without any problems, when the virus doesn’t go it is then called “Chronic Infection”.

Mostly in the Asia and Africa, people with Hepatitis B virus were infected where infected at birth or early at childhood. Most of those infected are unaware that they have Hepatitis B, especially since they have no symptoms. Which can led to the spread of  the disease down to others.

What Is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a liver disease that is contagious, it is a global issue, it could either be Acute or Chronic and can put one at risk of death from liver cancer (cirrhosis).
Most grown ups with hepatitis B virus can recover fully even if they still notice their signs and symptoms, infacts are also at risk of developing chronic hepatitis B infection unless they are vaccinated at birth.

Is Chronic Hepatitis B Serious?

In my own understanding at least 20%-30% of people with chronic hepatitis B virus develops serious liver problems which includes Cirrhosis, liver failure and damage.

How Does It Spread?

Acute hepatitis B is spread when semen, body fluids, blood from an already infected person to someone who is not infected, most people with this virus have no symptoms but some could feed ill, tried and loss of appetite, Normally doctors would do a liver biopsy to determine how damaged the liver is. This can be contacted through:

  • Sexual intercourse with an infected person(multiple partners)
  • Contact with contaminated blood
  • Contact with open sore(wound)
  • An infected mother passing to her newborn
  • Contact with personal items like, syringe, razor and toothbrush

This virus does not spread through coughing, sneezing or hugging, Therefore the virus can also be found in saliva, but not
believed to be spread through kissing or spoons.

How Long Does Acute Hepatitis B last?

It last less than six months, one immune system can clear up acute hepatitis B from the body and should be able to recover within a few months.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms and signs of hepatitis B usually surface in the body about a period of four (4) months/six (6) after been infected, it can still be noticed as early as two (2) weeks.

Symptoms and Signs Includes:

  1. Abdominal Pain
  2. Fever
  3. Nausea and vomiting
  4. Weakness and Fatigue
  5. Dark Urine
  6. Loss Of Appetite
  7. Jaundice


  • Know the status of your partner
  • Make use of protection like condom during intercourse
  • No illegal drugs


If you know you have been exposed to this virus, please do contact your doctor as soon as possible because prevention may help reduce the risk of infection if been treated with 24 hours . people with chronic acute hepatitis B virus can have a longer days on earth all you need to do is follow your doctor instructions. We do hope and believe this articles would help you understand everything you need to know about hepatitis B virus .

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