Hepatitis B

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), one of three viral agents that cause inflammation of the liver known as hepatitis or diffuse hepatocellular inflammatory disease. Hepatitis B is characterized by fever, nausea, vomiting, and yellow discoloration of the skin, eyes and mucous membranes (jaundice). In its most serious form, if left untreated, hepatitis B can become a chronic infection leading to chronic liver disease and potentially increasing the risk of developing liver cancer. The hepatitis B virus can be passed from mother to unborn child, and is highly contagious through bodily fluids such as blood, semen and possibly saliva. It is often spread from person to person through intravenous drug use or sexual contact.

Supporting Organizations

American Liver Foundation

39 Broadway, Suite 2700
New York, NY 10006
Fax: (212)483-8179
Tel: (800)465-4837
Email: http://www.liverfoundation.org/contact/
Website: http://www.liverfoundation.org

American Sexual Health Association

P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Tel: (919)361-8400
Fax: (919)361-8425
Website: http://www.ashastd.org/


3 St. Andrews Place
London, NW1 4LB
United Kingdom
Tel: 2074860341
Fax: 2072242012
Email: info@corecharity.org.uk
Website: http://www.corecharity.org.uk

Center for Peripheral Neuropathy

University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: (773)702-5659
Fax: (773)702-5577
Website: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchicago.edu/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
Tel: (404)639-3534
Tel: (800)232-4636
Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Website: http://www.cdc.gov/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Hepatitis B Foundation

3805 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
Tel: (215)489-4900
Fax: (215)489-4313
Email: info@hepb.org
Website: http://www.hepb.org

Hepatitis Foundation International

504 Blick Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tel: (301)622-4200
Fax: (301)622-4702
Tel: (800)891-0707
Email: hfi@comcast.net
Website: http://www.hepatitisfoundation.org

Immunization Action Coalition

1573 Selby Avenue
Suite 229
Saint Paul, MN 55104-6328
Tel: (651)647-9009
Fax: (651)647-9131
Email: admin@immunize.org
Website: http://www.immunize.org

NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations
5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9806
Bethesda, MD 20892-9806
Tel: (301)496-5717
Fax: (301)402-3573
Tel: (866)284-4107
Email: ocpostoffice@niaid.nih.gov
Website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/

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Last Updated:  4/5/2008
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