Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the world’s most common cause of chronic viral infection. Individuals may become infected through contact with bodily fluids or from mother to child during birth. Some people with acute HBV infections experience symptoms like vomiting, yellowish skin, dark urine, fatigue, and abdominal pain, while others feel no symptoms at all. Those with chronic Hepatitis B also experience no symptoms, but their livers become damaged by their immune response as it tries to eradicate the virus.
Longitudinal Research Leads the Way: Chronic Hepatitis B