People who become infected with
hepatitis B virus (HBV) may remain infected for the
rest of their lives (chronic carriers). Chronic carriers of hepatitis B can
spread the virus to others and are at risk for long-term liver damage.
HIV infection can speed up the rate at which liver
Most people with HIV infection who have not previously been infected
with hepatitis B should be immunized against it. The same high-risk behavior
that increases the risk of HIV infection also increases the risk of becoming
infected with hepatitis B.
Most people are surprised to learn they have hepatitis C. Many people believe they were never at risk for acquiring this virus. They, therefore, cannot imagine how they contracted it. Other people have a definable risk factor, such as a history of intravenous drug use, but feel that it occurred such a long time ago that it has no relevance. And some people do not know exactly how they contracted it. In fact, the CDC now recommends that all baby boomers – those born between 1945-1965 get tested...