Hepatitis B (HBV, Hep B)


Please describe your experience with hepatitis B. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Teco, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I discovered I had hepatitis B 6 years ago when I was doing medicals for employment. I started my treatment with tenofovir for 3 months, when the viral load became undetectable. My doctor recommended we start with another drug called interferon alpha 2B which was delivered to my body through injections twice a week for 8 weeks. Since then I have had a long undetectable viral load but HBsAg positive till recently, when I saw rise in my viral load of 4,233 UI/ml. I'm worried again.

Comment from: Why, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I am an Indian woman diagnosed hepatitis B positive at 24. It's been seven years on tenofovir. Never had sex before, no blood transfusion, no drugs, and nobody from the family is infected. How on earth I got it, I don’t know.

Comment from: MET, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 11

I have been diagnosed as a hepatitis B patient for 17 years. I discovered it when I gave birth to my kids. I have been so depressed about this. I just have admission to the university to study nursing but am afraid they will not allow me to do what l like most. I hope to be negative one day and it will be my greatest joy. I am 44 years old.

Comment from: Gisa Valladaers , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 5 years ago. I had been to so many appointments and no one could figure out what was wrong with me. The psychological damage that goes along with chronic pain with no answers shouldn’t be underestimated. Fibromyalgia flares for me look like low mood, brain fog, muscle aches and pains, hair loss and gastric issues. I can say that some of my flares start up due to eating certain foods in excess; sugary foods or too much fiber.

Comment from: Vera , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I don’t know where to begin, I asked this guy who is 57 years old if he was safe and he said yes; mind you, I’m just 26. After having sex with him, 3 months down the line I went for normal blood work, I found out he infected me with hepatitis B. My dream of working in big institutions and being an aviator crashed just like that. It’s 2020 now, and I am stressed out. My level is still below 500, two years down the line. I hope to heal from it.

Comment from: M, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

I got hepatitis B virus (HBV) from someone who assured me they were HIV negative. At that time I thought that was the worst that could happen. I fell sick last year, which I thought was COVID-19 at first, then I went for check-up and it was HBV, I believe I've passed the acute time frame but still feel soreness and abdominal pain. I've ultimately made peace with the diagnosis and hoping to start treatments but not ready for my family to find out. I just hope some day it goes away so I can never pass it to anybody else.

Comment from: Xander, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

I have hepatitis B. I can’t apply for work especially when have a medical. I don’t have money for treatment for this virus I have.

Comment from: Stupid to trust, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I feel so humiliated. My husband gave me hepatitis B. Married for 35 years. I just found out. I will not ever trust him again. So now I have to live in fear that people will find out.

Comment from: Skpp930, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I had hepatitis C treatment back in 2016-2017, for 3 months. I have been clear since 2019. I had it rechecked the other day and the doctor says I have antibody for hepatitis B, while I always show positive for C. The nurse said something about the number 11 on this test. My stomach has been hurting. I found out my gastrointestinal doctor knew about it last year and it was nonreactive. He didn't tell me anything about hepatitis B. I had severe reaction when I took Epclusa for hepatitis C. I'm wondering if this has been in my body for a while.

Comment from: Robert, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I am 25, and I have tested positive for hepatitis B. My load is 511 IU/ml. I have no symptoms. I know it will be difficult getting employment because I have been rejected by some employers. My load indicates the hepatitis B virus are inactive and my liver is functioning normally. I have lived with the virus from childhood till now. It’s been terrible living with this condition but I believe a way will open some day. I get disturbed when I hear there is no cure for hepatitis B. I am waiting for my miracle.


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Comment from: Confused, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I was diagnosed with acute hepatitis B back in September 2019. I had follow-up blood work done for liver function and bilirubin, everything came back normal and good, and I don’t feel sick anymore, this being 7 months later. I did have jaundice back in September too, it lasted for 2 weeks where I remained hospitalized under observation. Honestly, I am scared to do another test to hear I still have it. I want to get pregnant.

Comment from: Isco, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I was diagnosed with hepatitis B on the 17th of January 2020. I was sad about it, knowing it has no complete cure. I went for a liver functioning test and it shows my liver was good. So my doctor says I will recover soon, and from that time up to last month I felt all normal again, no stomach ache, side pain and all. But a few days ago I started feeling pain again on the same side. I am really worried.

Comment from: Qb, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I don’t know where to start, it’s hard for me to even talk about it. I got diagnosed with hepatitis B virus in 2017, almost 4 years now, I still can’t believe. The doctors told me I have got to do a checkup every 6 months but after I got diagnosed I didn’t do a single checkup. My stomach hurts sometimes, still I don’t want to do a checkup. I’m tired of it. The only thing I want is to die; it ruined my life and my passion.

Comment from: benjamin, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

I'm a 36 years old male from Nigeria. I went for medical screening so I could work in a care home in the UK and tested positive to chronic hepatitis B in 2009. Repeat test showed I was a healthy carrier because there was no liver damage. I was told to have my liver checked at least twice a year with the gastroenterologist which I did until 2013. It’s been 10 years now and I hope it goes away one day because now I have low sperm count and I think it is responsible for it. I feel tired a lot and have a big belly.

Comment from: Concerned, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I found out I had hepatitis B only because a nurse hooked me to an IV when I was having my first child. When I asked why, she said I had hepatitis B and was born with it. She also said it was harmless but dangerous while giving birth. My problem is, since then none of my doctors have even spoken to me about it, or the treatment. I wouldn't even have known if I hadn't asked. I feel as though they are neglecting my health in recovery. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: CureIt, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I have had chronic hepatitis B for 36 years approximately. I have been doing for personal research on supplements, herbs, NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), etc., for years now. It's difficult trial and error if you have other health issues. I have chronic gastritis, diverticulitis and fibromyalgia, and take anti-depressants. I don't drink. I watch what I eat. I have a lot of fatigue and stomach issues. I take supplements I've researched, no prescription drugs for hepatitis B.

Comment from: Hips, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

I was diagnosed with hepatitis B positive in 2012 when I went to do health heck up to apply the visa. Since then I have been doing my routine checkup every six months. My viral load one year ago was 500. But I don’t have any symptoms except back pain sometimes. And I couldn’t go for checkup for the last one year now. Wonder if I am at danger looking at the viral load I have.

Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I was just diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B. No clue where it came from... vaccinated at 12 years old so doctor thinks I had it before that. HBeAg is negative so is HBeAb currently. Liver enzymes are ok. I am waiting for viral load test results. Feeling disappointed but I'm hoping I can be a carrier with not long term damage. Guess lifestyle has to change now... feels overwhelming. Thanks for everyone posting their experiences here, I really appreciate the insight. Thanks.

Comment from: Andy mfena, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 15

I was diagnosed with hepatitis B in 2017. An abdominal scan was done and the liver was normal in size. I have not commenced treatment yet. I have never been having any of the symptoms, till early this year when I started experiencing pain in the lower right of my ribcage.

Comment from: Adil khan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I am 40 years old and have hepatitis B. I was infected with HBsAg in 2006, HBs positive and HBe negative. The doctor advised only capsule Evion 400 mg, and told me to come to him after 6 months. Then after six months I met the doctor and he said I am a HBs carrier. After 14 years we repeated HBsAg blood test and it is positive. I wish I knew how to get rid of it, because I am not able to apply for any government jobs and cannot travel to a foreign country because with HBs positive I am medically unfit.

Comment from: sarah w, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 02

I found out on 25th September 2016 that I am a carrier of the hepatitis B virus. I am from South Australia and was on a scholarship studying in Canada when I found out through medical test to extend my visa. The university asked me to go back home for treatment. Now I am at home and the doctor says my liver is affected and viral load is high and am at risk, so I require medication and stated there is no cure or medication. I and my family are devastated by this news.

Comment from: jblack 001 ng, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I am 32 years of age. I have chronic hepatitis B and I suspect I had it from my mother. I was tested positive when I went for a blood screening on my job as a restaurant supervisor 2017. I have never had any of the symptoms of it, well, maybe when I was little but as an adult, I have never had any symptoms as I am healthy. My only concern now is that I didn’t have enough information and it might affect my sweet relationship. Maybe I would have to let go if he can’t stand by me.

Comment from: Pato, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

My hepatitis B positive result turned negative after a year, but I feel some pain below my right abdomen, I don’t know what the problem is. I wonder if it can turn positive; I last tested 24/7/2019 and was still negative.

Comment from: Ggg, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 08

I am confused and looking for enlightenment. I am a nurse. I gave a needle prick to a positive hepatitis b patient. My last series vaccine was 9 years ago so I got myself tested for titer, and unfortunately it was only 0.03IU/ml. After 3days I had my immunoglobulin, again started the series vaccine, and after completing it when I retested myself for titer it went up to 20.60IU/l. According to other references it should be higher than 100IU/ml.

Comment from: Jimbo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I went to a new rheumatologist about my neuropathy, auto-immune disease and Sjogren’s disease. He ran a lot of blood tests and found hepatitis B. Additional bloodwork verified it. I had no unprotected sex, never did drugs by needle, and no tattoos. I had been on some anti-immune drugs and a few months ago had pneumonia. Wonder if there is anyone else out there who has no explanation as to how they got hepatitis B.

Comment from: techibage, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

Last 5/2017, my blood showed hepatitis B. My rheumatologist ordered the test to treat my severe arthritis. I could not put on pants and shirts without making faces. She told me to go see a gastroenterologist and I did, but I left scared and never took the blood lab tests he ordered to test liver functions. I thought I'd die from liver cancer of something. March of this year 2018, I went to a new gastroenterologist to do all the blood panels and decided to accept the worst case and deal with it like an adult. The March result came back negative just yesterday! I kept asking to see my records as I thought they got the wrong charts. Yep, negative across the board! How is that possible! So I googled how to kill hepatitis B and an article popped up about how it can't live in high heat! I had done 25 days of Infra-red sauna treatments for my arthritis pain. I also went vegan last 1.5 years and drank a lot of green juice, ginger, turmeric roots, perhaps they all played a part. Who knows but I'm healed so I wanted to share this because I'm grateful to social media for the people who take time to post information and share so we can try and get better. I'm 80 percent arthritis free after such a long fight. I refused to be on anti-immune medicines for life. I'm a fighter. I've been using PEMF therapy and it took down the inflammation fast. Good luck everyone and wishing you speedy recovery.

Comment from: Ike, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

I was not sick, but anytime I woke up, I felt uncomfortable, so I decided to take a regular test, maybe it was just malaria. The result came out negative, so I took HIV and it also came back negative. I tested for hepatitis B, and it came out positive. So I went to another hospital which was more advanced, and it was the same. I do not know whether my condition is acute or chronic, the doctor placed me on Liv.52 and said I will be taking that for next 6 month after which further tests will be done. I had pains in my lower left side below my ribs but it is gone. As I write I have some fever and I do not know if it is part of it or it is just malaria. My partner and my roommate all came out negative, I don’t know if my condition is acute or chronic. I heard most healthy adults will get clear of it within six months, now I am hoping I am one of those lucky ones. I am really worried. There is no cure, which is what kills me.

Comment from: teju, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I am 28 years old female. I was recently diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B infection on routine test. My parents are also HBsAg positive. My blood reports are HBsAg positive and HBeAg negative. Liver scan is normal, liver function tests are normal.HBV DNA load is 2400.

Comment from: corina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

In 2003 I was told I had gotten hepatitis B. I had some flu-like symptoms. I went to my doctor, who did blood work, and then informed me that I had the Hepatitis B Virus. He didn't need to report it nor was I given any medications for it. After 11 years I am now told that I don't have it anymore. But I have the symptoms. I still feel scared that I still can get sick from it again, and I understand that I may have gotten it from my trip to Guam, helping out the victim of a typhoon. Now 12 years later I have some of the same feeling of pain on my right side and worry that my liver is not happy with me.

Comment from: [email protected], 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

When I was 26 years old, I learned my HBsAg was reactive when I was required to undergo medical exam for an employment (so depressed I wasn't hired and the doctor had to write in big words, ‘not fit to work' on my medical result clearance). It was my first time to be tested with that kind of blood work, so I have no idea when I contracted hepatitis B virus. My husband and I are the only ones who knew about my situation. I am so embarrassed and ashamed because hepatitis B is considered as an STD, like the infamous AIDS/HIV. My husband has no hepatitis B (thankfully) but I fear that even with his hepatitis B vaccine, he will get my disease, though doctors assures us he is safe from me. Same as the 14 years old Asian girl who shared her story here, I always sleep longer than usual on weekends, always tired, often experiences tummy ache, sometimes unexpected skin itchiness/rashes, arthritis, irregular bowel movement and am temperamental.

Comment from: Ron Tepan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

I was being diagnosed of having hepatitis B last 2012 September 29! I don’t know how because I never had sexual intercourse ever! But I am hoping that all professional doctors around the world do research about how to kill that virus inside our body! Well, I found out the symptoms. One of the symptoms is you have a very deep pain in your stomach that you can't even stand up straight. Second, if you found out the yellow color in the edge of your pupil then, hepatitis B is on your body. Third is when you are having trouble with your stomach: vomiting, nauseous feeling and loss of appetite to eat. I hope this information will spread. I hope that there's remedy for it!

Comment from: kerei, 25-34 Female Published: November 09

I’m hepatitis B positive and I was so depressed when I learned that I had it. I did research and I found your site. Thank you! I know where I got it: I got it from my boyfriend who undergoes dialysis, but I’m worried about my baby now. I know he’s positive also. Thank you for the information! It really relieves my depression and I have learned a lot more! More power to you! God bless you all!

Comment from: Dayo, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

I discovered I have hepatitis in October 2018. I just started seeing dark urine in 2020. I am scared right now. I am 30 plus.

Comment from: U. Kab, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

I tested positive for hepatitis B virus three years ago and am experiencing some pain on the upper right of my abdomen. I also heard about stone breaker and wondering if I can use it for medication.

Comment from: Mark, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I have hepatitis B. I have the runs and get pain on the right or left side of my stomach.

Comment from: Jerry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

When I got hepatitis B I also got gastritis and have had gastritis for 56 years now. I also believe I have chronic hepatitis B now for 56 years. I contracted all in Korea where the hepatitis antigen won’t show up, so doctors won’t believe that! Thanks.

Comment from: Bobby249, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I got hepatitis B 40 years back. My doctor put me in the hospital there for one week. I was out of work for well over a month. Couldn't eat fried food for a year. Tired of hearing of people not showing signs of hepatitis, when I was in the hospital in a room with hepatitis B. Wish someone would explain to the roommate that died and taken to the morgue; why didn't someone explain to him why he shouldn’t be dead, and you wonder why people are misinformed. There must be others who needed to be hospitalized.

Comment from: Ram, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 19

I have been diagnosed with hepatitis B. My HBsAg is positive. HbE is negative and anti-HbE is positive. HCB is negative. Viral load is 7466 IU/ml, and copies/ml is 43452. I am not sure what the stage for this virus load is.

Comment from: Moma2014, 45-54 (Patient) Published: August 10

I got hepatitis B from a tattoo and know that's how got it, but 2 years later I have built up antibodies. I hope I won’t pass it along.

Comment from: Maic, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I am positive of hepatitis B, I don't know what medicine I can take. I have back pain, sometimes I have headache, stomach ache, and most problem is my foot. It is almost 1 1/2 years now.

Comment from: lindsay, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

My levels of hepatitis B virus in 2012 were 4860 then in 2014 they were 7890. In 2015 they were 12467, in 2016 they came down to 4570 and now in 2017 they are down to111. I am not sure if this means my body is killing it off.

Comment from: love2214, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I am 26 years old. Today I am so depressed after getting my medical result which says that I am positive in HBsAg test. We are newly married and I am scared that my husband will get infected too. I am so depressed I know that I will not be employed anymore. I don't have any symptoms, I don't drink alcohol and I don't smoke.

Comment from: Kiki, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I have chronic hepatitis B; I know that I got it from my mother. My other sibling has too. But luckily I am glad to find that my liver is in good shape and after taking my liver function blood test, my doctor said that I am not very infectious, meaning I have very low count of hepatitis B virus in my blood. I feel I wasn't able to get in nursing because of this disease. My college didn't accept me because of this disease. It is very sad to know that I cannot work in any health care institution.

Comment from: etabbuac, 25-34 (Patient) Published: February 25

When I got pregnant and had my prenatal checkup, I was told that I have hepatitis B. I was depressed. Due to financial shortage I was not be able to go to doctor to cure it, and now my baby is already 3 years old. I still have that virus but the doctor in that clinic where I had my medical told me that it is low risk kind of hepatitis B.

Comment from: Curious, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I am a 14-year-old Asian girl, and I have known about my chronic hepatitis B almost all my life. When I was little, my parents didn't thoroughly explain the virus to me, seeing as how I would not understand. I was told it was a virus of the liver, but I can lead a normal life with it and also that I could not give it to people by sharing food or water. Now that I am older, I have learned more about it. Until recently, I was unaware that it was considered a sexually transmitted disease and also a symptom is low energy. I do not have trouble recovering from exercising, but I am constantly tired and sleep a lot on the weekends. I rarely get headaches, but my stomach can get upset easily.

Comment from: mgzy, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

I was diagnosed with Hep B way back in 2005 when I was supposed to donate blood to my nephew. It was normal to do laboratory check on my blood hence it was found out that I'm reactive to the illness. I'm very depressed and demoralized since this disease has been unacceptable just like the unpopularity of AIDS. I was so nervous that I've got ashamed to talk with other people onwards. Finally, my mom subjected me to series of tests so that damage to the liver may be traced. The doctor told me that; YES you are a carrier, BUT HEALTHY HEPA B carrier. This is nothing to worry about. I'm a little bit confused on what he said but quite uplifted since I'm not dying pitifully in an instant. He advised me to go on with my normal lifestyles but should avoid fatty foods and any kinds of liquor. Now, it's been 6 years and I feel no worries since I don’t feel any symptoms at all. I hope this will just vanished miraculously for which I know NO CURE has been developed against this illness.

Comment from: tino, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I am a twenty two year old man from the Caribbean and I have had hepatitis for five years now and sometimes it’s a struggle but other times it’s like I don’t have it. I found out I had the disease when I went to the doctor to give blood and they called a week later. I know it’s scary because the doctor never calls back and says that my blood is too good we must have some more. So right away I knew something was wrong. They said they had good and bad news for me. I listened to the good news first and they said luckily I don’t have AIDS but I do have hepatitis b and there is no cure known to man that can fully cure it. They said recovery is all up to me and how I live my life from now on. I was stupid for not wearing a condom but to my defense I knew she got checked for AIDS and passed so I wasn’t worried. So the doctors said don’t drink any more alcohol. Easier said than done. I love to drink. They also said the usual things like take it easy , get plenty of rest, exercise and water. They said most people get care by their own bodies and I shouldn’t worry because I am in good health. The doctors were good to me and really helped me to understand what I had and what I can do about it. Also the hepatitis group at the hospital although scary at first was very helpful to my wellbeing because it reminded me that am not alone. I was naive to believe in the year 2010 AIDS was all I had to worry about. I hope I was some help to those out there until next time, I am great, healthy and cured after 6 months and looking for a great women to spend the rest of my life with.

Comment from: kk, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 24

I am a man of 32 years from Ghana. Early 2009 I had a severe stomach swelling and tiredness. I consulted my doctor and I was told that I have gas in my stomach. I kept on taking some medicine which was not curing my sickness. in June last year I change my doctor and the new doctor diagnosed me and the result was that I have hepatitis b. since then I never took any medicine but I sometimes have pains in my chest I have done another test and no part of my liver is damaged. I have stopped eating oily food and instead eat a lot of fruits.

Comment from: john, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 14

Thanks so much for this site. I have learned more here than all of my other combined searches and attempts with my MD! I’m gay and caught HB via a sexual encounter. My infection is conceptualized with a positive HIV status. I didn't experience any of the awful symptoms/hospitalizations like those described here due to H-B. My problem is in distinguishing where the Hep-B/HIV start and end as they impact my health. Currently I have body soreness/fatigue are my main concerns, especially, recovery from a workout at the gym. Also, the next day following light social drinking is rough for me. I feel very ill the next day. My HIV meds are holding the Hep-B viral load at undetectable levels. I want to know what my liver functions level is and-so thanks for the lead for the Liver Function Test. I’m scheduling an appointment with a liver specialist. I want to know if I can ever enjoy a glass of wine now and then. Best wishes to all of you!

Comment from: Regrets, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I went to the emergency room with severe stomach pains after spending a weekend at home vomiting and feeling very tired. I was told I had hepatitis B and was admited in the hospital where I spent 10 days - Symptoms were vomiting, constant nausia, no appetite, jaundice, dark urine and extreme exhaustion. I went home where it took 8 more weeks before I was well enough to go back to work. I have been back at work about 4 weeks and continue to have slight pains in my stomach and tiredness. I'm on 1 mg of Baraclude daily and my doctor tells me I will have to be on this the rest of my life to "prevent the spread/dammage in my own body." I did have a liver biopsy done and was told there was some liver damage.

Comment from: Sassy Girl, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 10

I had hepatitis B twice: Once when I was 10 years old, and it lasted about a month; and at 18, when it lasted about three months. I had no idea that I carried the virus until I was almost 33 years old. I can't imagine why I would not be told this after having been so sick with it, but I haven't had any real effects from it that I know of. I think I must be a healthy hepatitis B carrier because I don't know of any symptoms. I notice three things that are annoying and I now wonder if it has anything to do with the hepatitis B virus. For one, I am nauseous a lot, I don't heal well with bruises, and I am tired a lot. For the most part though, I feel really well.

Comment from: Ann Marie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I got Hepatitis B back in 2004. I was feeling tired all the time (really tired), and then it started to feel as though I got hit by a truck. I didn't think much of it and thought it may be the flu. So one day, I was talking to my friend and she said that I looked yellow! Well, long story short, I went in and had Hepatitis B. I had got it three weeks before, and it was in very, very high levels. I was in the hospital for over a week and then I went home. I was sick for about two months. I had a liver biopsy, and it damaged my liver, but I am good now. So here I am, five years later. I’m doing well, and you can't even tell by looking at me that anything was ever wrong with me.

Comment from: maria s, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

It’s been 15, almost 16 years now since I have had hepatitis B. I have to keep living. I have two daughters, seven grandchildren now, and two great-grandbabies. I keep living. And I have the faith. I have the faith that they’re going to take my blood and they’re going to come back out and they’re going to say, “there’s no sign of this virus in your blood.” And I’m just going to start bawling like crazy, because it’s going to happen. Everybody looks at me like I’m nuts when I say that to them, but it’s going to happen.

Comment from: Kevokeff, 25-34 (Patient) Published: February 10

I discovered am a carrier of hepatitis B. I never had sexual intercourse and believe I contracted this from my mother. My life has not been the best ever since.

Comment from: Kashi , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I find hepatitis B and viral load is 11900. I don’t know what to do. My ALT is normal 30.

Comment from: Jo Ken, 25-34 (Patient) Published: September 17

I have been diagnosed with hepatitis B and really don't know what to do. It kills me every day from within.

Comment from: Hbsag, 45-54 (Patient) Published: September 04

With hepatitis B the general common symptom is tiredness. One always feels body laziness.

Comment from: Oh God, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I think I have infected my husband with hepatitis B unknowingly. I am devastated.

Comment from: Gert, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I just want to find out what my results mean, my hepatitis B test results are, hepatitis B s ag is negative, HB s ab is 127.5 mIU/ml, and hepatitis B core antibody is positive.

Comment from: Melissa, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 21

I wonder how long I will feel sick all the time like I have been, with hepatitis B. I work and I don’t feel good ever.

Comment from: Margarett [email protected] g., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I have been a chronic hepatitis B person for 27 years. I never had any symptoms. I wonder if it will ever be cured by blood transfusion.

Comment from: Abu Hanif A., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I have hepatitis B, and now I’m feeling depressed.

Comment from: pudman56, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 24

A 25 plus years hepatitis B survivor was co-infected with HIV. Very recently he was found to have lesions (tumors) on his liver.

Comment from: ebourjolly, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

In the early 70s while working at the library, I used to donate blood once a year. Unfortunately that came to a stop in 1975 when it was discovered that I was infected with the HEP B antigen. I was told that it was not serious and that I was just a carrier like so many others. I was too ignorant and naive then and did not take the matter seriously nor did I do any research on the disease. In 2012, about 37 years later I had a hernia surgery performed and in the process a thorough examination was done with bloodwork included. I was shocked to discover that the B antigen was still residing in my blood. Little did I know that it was a permanent thing, symptoms or no symptoms. I decided to meet with my doctor who explained that I had a low viral load therefore my liver is fine and the virus is dormant so to speak. Most people can lead a regular life style in such condition. Now that after 30 years, my doctor decided to have me undergo regular tests such as the sonogram, blood work etc. I get tested at least twice a year to make sure my liver is intact. So far, so good. Lucky for me I was not aware 30 years ago or I would be living in a state of depression and anticipation.

Comment from: Zahara23, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

Thanks for your testimonials. I am an African woman and I was diagnosed with Hep B in 1995 after a routine check-up. I was scared as I had no idea what it was. The doctor made it worse by telling me that I will never have kids as I will pass it on. I was told in 2002 after I was tested when pregnant that it was chronic! I have gone on to have two kids who were immunized at birth! I see a liver specialist every year who checks my viral load. Last time it was very low, but I had a liver function test which was normal. I have no symptoms and am not on any medication 18 years on, I believe I caught it from a dentist surgery in the ghetto. I smile each time I see my kids!

Comment from: Jen, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I'm the chronic Hepatitis B carrier and I'm also the medical student. I went to clinic in order to inject HBV prevention vaccine. According to lab result, I have hepatitis B. I was seriously depressed, but I went to a physician and I've learnt about HBV. I have a medical check-up for my liver function test every three months, and I have ultrasounds to check my liver functions well. I have no symptoms and I'm healthy like ordinary people. I wish all the HBV carriers like me be well and healthy! We can live happily in our lives since life is such a beautiful thing.

Comment from: nana yaa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I tested positive for hepatitis B but the liver function test, which proved that my liver is in a good shape.

Comment from: ozone, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 30

Good day. I’m a nurse from the Philippines and I was applying for work abroad in June when I learned that I was positive for hepatitis B.

Comment from: Puzzled, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I recently went to donate blood and found out that I have recovered from a Hep B infection, and it is now not in my blood, just the antibodies that signify that I've had it sometime in the past and I am now immune. I am in Canada and have had 3 kids, with several blood tests with each pregnancy (last one 5 yrs ago) and the last doctor's blood test was 3 years ago. I had a full course of vaccinations including Hep B when I took an EMT course when I was 21. Obviously after 18 years it must have no longer been effective as I'm guessing I got the infection in the last year after a vacation to the Caribbean including Puerto Rico and Haiti. I do not fall into any of the at risk categories (faithfully married over 15 years, no tattoos, don't like pedicures and no blood transfusions or jabs with needles). I do recall having very yellow eyes and dark urine around the time of a flu and that must have been it. It was likely about 6 months after my trip. Still I didn't realize that my vaccination for Hep B didn't give me lifetime immunity... with caring for kids and all their vaccinations I guess I forgot to worry about myself. Unfortunately, they don't vaccinate for Hep B until age 10 here, so I have 2 unvaccinated kids I'll have to get tested. My husband is with the police and his vaccinations are up to date. So if you are travelling update your shots!

Comment from: Mado, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I was diagnosed with hepatitis B two years ago and I became so scared that I was crying every day. I was told that I’d had it since I was small and I can’t explain how I got it. The doctor did a test on me and told me that I have developed antibodies for it and that I don’t need any treatment. I keep visiting this site fore information on hepatitis because sometimes I get flu-like symptoms or a stomach disorder and I get scared and begin to wonder if the virus is still in me. I also sleep quite a lot. I do not drink alcohol or engage in sexual activities.

Comment from: MERCY, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 16

i just discovered that my new house help has hepatitis B. I’m not sure if I should keep her on or not.

Comment from: Dan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

I was 42 years old before I found out I have chronic hepatitis B. I never had any symptoms/illness at any time. My doctor asked to perform the test because I am a gay male and I get regularly tested for HIV. I figured sure, why not? I never came up positive for HIV. She called me and told me I had Hepatitis B and it was chronic. I had severe fibrosis after a biopsy and my liver function was above the normal range. My viral load was over 900,000,000. After 3 months of adefovir it dropped to 600,000. After one year only 400,000. My liver function is back to normal. My doctor just switched me to entecavir and now I'm waiting to see if it works better. But I never knew, never had any symptoms/illness. From what they are saying I may have had this for 20 years.

Comment from: ImsoScared10, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I'm 35 yrs of age Just found out today I have Hep B virus. I NEVER used drugs and I don't drink. I'm so afraid right now and I can't stop crying. I don't have a clue as to how I contracted this virus. They will run test on my liver 2 months from now and that scares me as well.

Comment from: Strength from God, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I had gone to my family doctor in 2004 and had the usual blood test, but he noticed a slight problem and referred me to another doctor for further testing. Sure enough, I had Hep B. I had a liver biopsy and it was positive. It was a major blow to me, but I knew that worry would not help. As I knew from reading my bible, the thing to do was turn my problem over to God and not worry any more. This didn't mean my disease would disappear, but my worries were gone. I started with the steps for treatment. The only thing I had experienced was fatigue. I went through every medicine listed here, but it was the drug Truvada that really turned around my bloodwork. As of my last follow-up, my Hep B was undetectable, and I have another follow-up next month, bloodwork and ultra sound. But I am told that I will need to stay on the medication for the rest of my life.

Comment from: jummy, 19-24 Female Published: June 28

I am Jummy and I am 29 years old, from Nigeria. I had a blood transfusion in 2007, but I didn’t bother to go for my check-up. In 2009, I got pregnant and I was told I have hepatitis B, though my baby was vaccinated. I was so scared because I don’t really like going to the hospital because of the fear that the doctors will always have bad news, and that kills me psychologically. I am so happy to read viewers’ comment because I have not been having any of the stated symptoms. I pray that I will live long like the woman who wrote earlier. It really gives me hope. Thank you for publishing viewers’ comments.

Comment from: bookworm, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I am a hepatitis B carrier due to a dodgy blood transfusion in the 70s. I can’t seem to find much information on carriers and whether or not I should expect to contract full-blown hepatitis B. Currently, it is low-grade hepatitis, but I have been a carrier for more than 25 years, and I think it should fully be full-blown by now.

Comment from: Yesel, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

I am 23 from Bhutan, recently I accidentally came to know that I have contracted Hepatitis B. I actually don't know how or when I contracted it but I have it now. I was so much depressed to learn about it but your website was a blessing for me, I am thankful to everyone here. I am trying my best to kill the disease in its acute stage itself! Please PRAY for me and all the ones who are positive!

Comment from: lpaula9, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I recently had a gall bladder surgery and within two weeks developed issues with urine and yellowish tent to my eyes and body. Went to doctor, who ran blood work and the results were that I was positive for Hepatitis B. I have never done drugs with needles, nor had any sexual partners within the past year.

Comment from: aaawwweee, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 19

My boyfriend is a carrier of hepatitis B and now I’m really scared to know if the virus already affected me... he's jobless right now due to this illness and I’m really depressed for not being with him lately...

Comment from: confused, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I am a 45 year old male that discovered I had hepatitis B during annual STD testing. The clinic could not tell me anything other than I had it. Not sure if it was acute or chronic and to see a doctor. That day I was vaccinated for hepatitis A and was supposed to be vaccinated for hepatitis B. The doctor stopped the hepatitis B vaccination until results came back. That day by the time I got home I felt like I had been hit by a train and was still lying on the tracks. My eyes and skin turned yellow for 16 weeks. I was not hospitalized, but I did follow up with doctors who did not know what hepatitis b was and had to look it up. They wanted to refer me quickly to another doctor to administer treatment. To date, I still have a very difficult time finding answers and results. I’m uninsured and not having a personal doctor leaves me wide open. To date have not followed up as doctors do not work for free and county health clinics only test, not treat. I'm more confused than ever.

Comment from: depressed, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I was diagnosed with Hepatitis B in 2002 when I went to donate blood for a cousin. I was so depressed to know that I had it. I don’t even know how I got it. I never had sex or blood transfusions before I was diagnosed. So it’s still a mystery how I got it. I am not taking any medications but I do yoga every morning and drink lot of fruit juices. I have heard of people getting cured from yoga. I am healthy and there are no symptoms at all. I do feel nauseated sometimes because I have a migraine also and some mild stomach pains due to gastritis. What worries me is that I might give it to husband and my baby if I ever get married. It really depresses me.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 02

I tested positive to Hepatitis B when I wanted to donate blood for my pregnant wife just last wee. After all the necessary blood screening, I was told I could not donate because I got a positive result from a Hepatitis B test, even though I've never had any symptoms up to this moment. My doctor told me I am just a carrier, and that I might not be affected but could infect others. I've been placed on some antiviral medications, but now my fear now is my unborn child. I’ve come across this site when I used Google to search Hepatitis B, to learn more about the virus, the causes, symptoms and the latest treatment available.

Comment from: majdah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I checked my status in April of this year. The doctor told me that I have hepatitis B, and he didn’t explain anything. I asked my friend about it and she told me to visit your site. I don’t have any of the signs or symptoms that I read here, and I’m wondering if the results of the test could have been wrong.

Comment from: Lex, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I am weak especially when I woke up from bed, I cannot eat anymore like before, when I eat it looks as if the food I ate has not digested and I fell very hungry, it will look as if I have not eaten for the past 2 days and when I see the food I can eat much. My urine is deep yellowish in color.

Comment from: ArtFreek, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

I acquired Hep B from a band Groupie back in 1971 - 39 years ago. It has been dormant ever since it went away, until now - 2010. My blood level in my liver tested that it is high enough for me to be yellow again and my doctor was surprised that I wasn't! This is messing up my life so tremendously I can't believe it. I have been waiting for 12 years for a back surgery and now, since this thing has shown its ugly head again, I can't have the surgery until it is under control - or 'dormant' again. I hate this so much I can't tell you.

Comment from: JS, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I have been told that I had hepatitis B at some time in my life. I don't recall ever being ill with severe symptoms, although of course I have had the odd episode of nausea and vomiting which quickly got better. I have no idea how I could have contracted this disease. I have never had sexual relations with anyone other than my husband, (who is now deceased), but have had a few blood transfusions in my life. I am completely confused. My doctor just told me that very matter-of-factly, and offered no other explanation or follow-up. Maybe she thinks I am just too old and ill with other problems to be bothered!

Comment from: netnet, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I was diagnosed with Hep B earlier this year. After 2 pregnancies, and having an annual HIV, STD and other sexually transmitted tests every year for the past 20 years the Hep B was missed by my family doctor at the time. Now at age 43 I'm told I have this and it has been "dormant for at least 10 years." I just recently had strep throat and am having major problems getting over it!? I'm tired all the time, have chronic fatigue, and get nauseas very easily. I'm wondering if it has become "active" and I just don't know it. I think it's time to go back to the doctor.

Comment from: Be Positive, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I have had Heb B for 23 years, I was pregnant of my first daughter and the hospital told me that I am Heb B carrier. So far, I am healthy, no symptom whatsoever. My mom is also Heb B carrier, she is 87 years old, has Alzheimer but not symptom of Heb B.

Comment from: virgo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I was hospitalized because of vomiting and stomach pain and I found out that I have a hepatitis B. My doctor can’t explain more about this virus, so I don’t have any idea about hepatitis B, until I viewed this site and got some idea. Until now I don’t take any medication for some reason. I am taking some advise from my friends like good diet, more fluids, vegetable, fruits and exercise, but my only concern is my partner and my kids.

Comment from: Maryam, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I'm Hepatitis B carrier since I found out in 1991. Till now, I am healthy and doing the Liver Function Test (LFT) every once a year to see my liver whether function well or not. In the meantime, I continuously consume vitamin named Essential Forte to help the functionality of my liver, also I avoid to take large quantity of all sea-food as advised by my personal doctor.

Comment from: Gregory, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 01

It's about six years ago that I tested positive to hepatitis B. Even though I have not seriously fallen sick as a result, I occasionally experience feverish and fatigue. What rather beat my imagination is the fact that my fiancée who has been sick with a fever on a regular basis has tested negative to about four hepatitis B tests even though I had had unprotected sex with her.

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