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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: 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!

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