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    Top Five Things You Should Know about Hepatitis B

    1. Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver. The virus can be spread through contact with an infected person’s blood or other body fluids such as semen or vaginal secretions. It is 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV/AIDS.

    2. Transmission of the virus from an infected woman to her newborn creates the greatest risk of infection, which is why patients are screened for Hepatitis B through a simple blood test.

    3. The Hepatitis B virus initially causes symptoms that last several weeks including yellowing of the skin and eyes, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If the infected person’s immune system cannot eliminate the virus, it can lead to a chronic infection that may cause cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.

    4. The good news is that Hepatitis B can easily be prevented by a vaccine which is given in three doses over the course of several months.

    5. The vaccine is safe and effective with over one billion doses given worldwide since 1986. As a result, there has been over a 75% decrease in the number of new Hepatitis B infections.

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    Janet Chiaramonte

    Janet Chiaramonte

    Janet Chiaramonte joined the staff of Invia Fertility as a registered nurse in 2005. Years ago (too many to count), she received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and then worked for a decade at Children's Memorial Hospital in an administrative position. She always wanted to be part of the patient care side of medicine though, so she went back to school and received an Associate's Degree in Nursing.

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