Main Article on Hepatitis B (HBV, Hep B) Question: What are your hepatitis B symptoms and signs? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Omega, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 18 Since December last year I have been experiencing general body fatigue, loss of appetite, dark urine, and sometimes pains under my right rib cage. I wonder how long these hepatitis B symptoms will last. I did an ultrasound and the liver was ok. I am so depressed. Comment from: williams, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 10 It took so many years to discover that I have been living all my life unknowingly that I have hepatitis B virus, one of the most deadly disease in the world. I kept experiencing severe pains all over my joint, and constant headache. It took me three years if not more, to discover the truth, only when I went for a checkup and my doctor told me. Comment from: Pppr, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 10 I am a 31 year old woman. I have been infected with hepatitis B since I was a child. My father has hepatitis B so my brother and I were infected too. I am screened every 3 years and my doctor told me I am an inactive carrier. I wonder if there are other people like me. I am worried about this because I heard most people who are infected in their childhood, get active illness during their life. I hope there are healthy people who are carriers. Thank you for your sharing. Comment from: Jimu, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 18 I found out on 25 September 2016 that I am a carrier of the hepatitis B virus. I am from South Africa and was on a scholarship studying in China when I found out through medical test to extent my visa. The university asked me to go back home for treatment. Now I am at home and the doctor says my liver is still fine and viral load is low so I require no medication. I and my family are devastated by this news. I hope I can get back to my studies as the scholarship gave me 12 months to get better. I hope that one day there will be a cure for this disease. Comment from: Dinesh, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 20 I am 35 years old and I tested my blood in May 2014 for Gulf work permit but my report failed because I have HBsAg positive. Then after 3 months I again checked and the result was the same. I am married and I have a boy but he is not positive for hepatitis B. Comment from: nums, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 05 A few days back my HBsAg came positive in routine checkup, so I have done all investigations for hepatitis B. My test reports are HBsAg positive (1.78) on 13/04/2016. HBsAg came negative 0.04 on 22/04/2016 and hepatitis B virus DNA undetected. I don’t understand why it came positive on 13 April 2016 and negative on 22nd April 2016. Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 04 I'm 30 year old South Sudanese. I was tested negative with Hepatitis B June 2014 and took the vaccine. A day later I asked my wife to go and test. She was Hepatitis B positive. She went for a second test to confirm and the result was the same. She went for viral load test. The result showed the Hep B was undetectable and her liver was not damaged. Her doctor told her to test again after a year. Comment from: Itchy One, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 24 I started with a sore in my mouth. I thought I bit my lip. It was a white circle. After a few weeks in, I started feeling really tired. All I wanted to do was sleep. Then, one day I woke up and I was itching all over my body. There were blotches on my arm, legs, buttocks, everywhere. I took several tests for 2 years. I did not know itching was one of the sure signs until I read about this. I am still waiting for results. I will try to give updates. Comment from: Teetee, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 29 So somewhere between late 2012 and early 2012, I decided to go and do general tests to see if everything was perfect in my system, a week later I received a call from the clinic and told me I have hepatitis B. At that moment I was wondering what hepatitis B was, so the doctor explained it to me. I was 19 when I found out so I went home and told my parents about it, not knowing my mum also had it so she passed it to me after birth. I did not get treated when I was born because we were in Africa. Long story short, I was very worried about my liver because my virus is extremely high. I did several blood tests, clinical trials to see if the medicine will reduce it, but after the 30 days trial my virus was still high. Comment from: miss g., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 17 On the year 2004, supposedly I was going to Hong Kong to work there as a domestic helper but unfortunately I failed to pass my medical examination. I was diagnosed with hepatitis B. I loved to go abroad and work for my future but it didn't work out for me. SLIDESHOW Digestive Disorders: Common Misconceptions See Slideshow Comment from: bonde, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 05 I am 22 years old Ethiopian. Two years ago i was asked to donate blood to my older sister in hospital and the doctor found me that am carrier of hepatitis b virus. At the moment i didn't feel anything because i didn't know about the virus. The doctor came to me and said don't worry just refrain from taking alcohol and eating oily food. I am practicing what my doctor told me and thanks to this site. Comment from: Zain, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 07 It's been about six years now that I tested positive for hepatitis B. However, I have not seriously fallen sick as a result. But now I have tested positive again and my blood viral node is 6846. Comment from: andidale22, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 04 I was about to take Cruise Ship Management this school year 2012-2013. But unfortunately, when I received the result in hepatitis b test, it was positive. I don't know where I got this. I've never experienced having sex with my boyfriend. I was so disappointed at that time. But then again, it is never the end of the world. I repeated the test in a well-known hospital. But, it came back positive again. Comment from: darna, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 31 Four years ago I was going to donate a blood to my uncle but they refused my blood because they said it has a problem. They didn’t tell me what it was, then after one year I applied a work but unfortunately, my blood tests reveals that I have hepatitis b. Comment from: mimi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 21 Nine years ago, I had unprotected sex. Three days later, all of a sudden, I felt like my body was invaded by ants. I did several tests and nothing was discovered. Like many of you, I never knew this was a sexually transmitted disease. All I was worried about was AIDS. In 2010, when I got pregnant, I was sent for a normal pregnancy test. The test discovered that my liver function was normal, but the only symptom I’ve ever had was itching all over my body. I’ve started treatment after I had my baby. Thankfully, my husband and my baby tested negative. Sometimes, I feel like nothing is wrong with me. Thinking about my condition makes me sick. Now, I’m starting to feel pain around my ribs and I always feel sick. I don’t intend to stop taking the medications until my body has cleared this forsaken virus. My doctor has assured me that the drugs I’m taking are the best on the market. Comment from: nana, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 26 I was diagnosed of hepatitis b in 2009. The doctor told me not to be scared. I started feeling slight to mild and intense discomfort at my right part of my abdomen. I did a first test in 2010 and the doctor told me he suspects hepatoma. I did a 2nd and a 3rd test and the doctor they suspect a liver damage. Now the pain gets worse each day. I don’t drink but I think I am unlucky with the disease because it is getting more serious each day. Currently I feel severe pains around my liver area. I am 26 years of age and from Ghana. I am just unfortunate. I don’t have yellow eyes. There is no nausea and I have good appetite. I have no diarrhea, there is no vomiting and I have no fatigue. Comment from: ctrep, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 01 I was applying for police when I was diagnosed as hep b patient. Because of that, I was disqualified. At first, I do not believed with their diagnosis because I don't feel any symptoms, so I underwent another screen test and it has the same result. According to the doctor, I have inactive hep b. I was so depressed over my illness knowing that it has no cure. Comment from: oge, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 01 I was diagnosed with the hep b virus in 2008 when I went to donate blood to a friend at a clinic. I was depressed because nothing was wrong with me before I got there. My mom later told me I had it since I was born. I drink and smoke though not heavily. I still once a while go for liver functions test and it’s being good. I hope there is a cure for this soon. Comment from: lullypuupy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 21 I am 21 years old, been diagnosed since 2009, our school underwent hep b screening test, and I am one of those positive, so we did, another screening to the hospital lab and it turned out to be the same. At first it was devastating, but now I am gradually learning to embrace that this is the fact, and live as a normal life, though some may question my credibility as I am, but there are others who also accepts me, and treats me fairly. Comment from: first do no harm, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 15 I was a school physician. One school official is a Hepatitis B carrier. I made a formal and confidential report to the proper authority with the recommendation that the exposed (close contacts i.e. they use common dining utensils) population be required to undergo Hepatitis B screening, and vaccination for the uninfected. I learned that my recommendation was not implemented. I uphold the ethics of patient confidentiality. I now worry about the close contacts. I am no longer connected to the school. The salary of educators in that school and in my country, in general, is low and they would not prioritize vaccination unless they learn of the threat. I want to help but I do not want to endanger my license. Comment from: mich, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 08 I was recently diagnosed of this Hep B virus when I observed a monthly pain just below my right ribs for about a year now. I have always been faithful to my wife since we got married. I never knew either of us was carrying the virus. The major challenge now is getting a good medical doctor for the treatment pending the time a total cure will surface.