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What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver caused by a virus infection. The virus causes destruction of the liver tissue and may lead to liver cancer later in life. In our country eight in every ten cases of liver cancer is due to Hepatitis B virus infection. Humans are the only known reservoir of this infection.

The threat to the community posed by hepatitis B is much more in comparison to HIV – the virus that causes AIDS. In fact, Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than AIDS and kills more people in a day than AIDS kills in a year.

Liver disease due to Hepatitis B infection is considered to be the fourth or fifth important cause of mortality in the most productive years of life. In fact, it is regarded as the second most important cancer-causing agent – next only to tobacco.
How does one get infected with Hepatitis B virus?
Is Hepatitis B infection a serious problem in India?
What are the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B infection?
What test needs to be conducted to determine Hepatitis B status?
Is any treatment available for this infection?
What is Hepatitis B vaccination?
What are the different Hepatitis B vaccines available in our country?