Hi, I've been having stomach and joint pain, I have a fever, and I'm nauseous.
Have you had unprotected vaginal or anal sex lately or do you live with anyone with chronic HBV infection?
Yes, I had anal sex about 2 months ago.
Well, I'm going to give you a blood test for Hepatitis B. The most common age range is 30- 49 years, but you could've still gotten it through infected blood or body fluids. 15 to 30 percent of teens get Hepatitis B.
Is there a cure? Can I die?
The test came back positive, you have Hepatitis B. Which is a severe form of viral Hepatitis transmitted in infected blood, causing fever, debility and jaundice.
If not treated immediately, it can be fatal. There is no cure, but the treatment is an antiviral drug.
Are there any complications?
Ok, thank you. What can I do next time to prevent any other STI's?
Yes, you could possibly get liver cancer or failure or scarring of the liver.
You should know the HBV status of your sexual partner, always use a condom, don't share needles, make sure if you get a body piercing or tattoo that the tools are sterile, and ask about the Hepatitis B vaccine before you travel.