A Queens Doctor Finds Fighting Hepatitis B Is a Frustrating Task - New York Times
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis can be caused by a number of agents, not only pathogens. Hepatitis B is caused by a virus. Infection is caused by one or combination of the three "B's" blood (eg. IV drug use), birth (eg. mother transfer to infant during birth) and "bonk" (sexual intercourse). Anyone can become infected with Hepatitis, most of those infected (80%) recover without any major complications. However, 20% of those infected become chronic carriers - they are unable to clear the virus. Chronic carriers ultimately suffer cirrhosis. A viable liver is essential for life. The liver is responsible for detoxifying the blood.