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only acute HCV gets treated not acute HBV

-chronic HBV is treated when chronicity is evident by persistent surface antigens for > 6 months

-chronic HCV is left untreated unless there's an evidence of active and progressive disease like evidence of liver fibrosis (likely to progress to cirrhosis)
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Hepatitis B is one of a family of hepatitis viruses. Unlike hepatitis A, which is spread through contaminated food and water, hepatitis B is commonly passed through an exchange of infected body fluids including blood, semen, vaginal secretions, fluid from wounds, and saliva. Hepatitis C is also a blood-borne strain that can cause severe liver damage and death, but it seems rarely to be passed through normal sexual contact. Other strains of the disease that are rare in the United States are hepatitis D (blood-borne) and E (commonly spread through contaminated drinking water). Those people at highest risk of catching hepatitis B are individuals who have unprotected sex with more than one partner, men who have sex with men, people who live with someone who has chronic hepatitis B, people who have jobs that involve contact with human blood, and people who travel to regions where hepatitis B is common.Hepatitis B is commonly passed from person to person through unprotected sexual contact including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. People infected with hepatitis B may have no symptoms, although they will still be infectious and symptoms like Achy joints,Dark urine will be noticed.

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