Quick Answer: Can Hepatitis Show Up Years Later?

Can hepatitis B lay dormant for years?

A chronic hepatitis B infection can go undetected for years – even decades in many cases.

The longer a hepatitis B infection is left untreated, the more susceptible you are to developing severe scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) and liver cancer..

Do you have to tell someone you have hep C?

You are not legally required to tell anyone that you have hepatitis C. There may be a moral obligation to tell others who might be at risk, such as sex partners, but no legal one. The sexual transmission risk is very low, but telling someone that you have hepatitis C after you have slept with him or her betrays trust.

Can Hep C come back after being cured?

It’s possible, but rare, for hepatitis C infection to reappear after apparently successful treatment. Relapses usually occur in the first few months after blood testing to confirm that the virus is no longer detectable. Sometimes, however, a relapse becomes evident much later.

How long can I have hep C without knowing?

Some people may develop hepatitis C symptoms within two weeks of infection. Others might experience a longer delay before noticing symptoms. It could take from 6 months to 10 years or more before someone with the virus becomes aware of any symptoms.

How long can Hepatitis go undetected?

The younger you are when you get hepatitis B — particularly newborns or children younger than 5 — the higher your risk of the infection becoming chronic. Chronic infection may go undetected for decades until a person becomes seriously ill from liver disease.

Do blood tests show hepatitis?

Blood Tests The results of a blood test can confirm the type of viral hepatitis, the severity of the infection, whether an infection is active or dormant, and whether a person is currently contagious. A blood test can also confirm whether a virus is acute, meaning short term, or chronic, meaning long term.

Does Hepatitis B stay with you for life?

Once you are diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B, the virus will most likely stay in your blood and liver for a lifetime. It is important to know that you can pass the virus along to others, even if you don’t feel sick.

Can hepatitis B go away completely?

There’s no cure for hepatitis B. The good news is it usually goes away by itself in 4 to 8 weeks. More than 9 out of 10 adults who get hepatitis B totally recover. However, about 1 in 20 people who get hepatitis B as adults become “carriers,” which means they have a chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis B infection.

Can you marry someone with hepatitis B?

To put it simply, yes, a person living with hepatitis B can get married. In fact, a healthy relationship can be a source of love and support for those who may feel alone in their diagnosis. Transmission of hepatitis B can be prevented in your partner; it’s a vaccine preventable disease!

Can you have hepatitis B for years and not know?

Many people with Hepatitis B have no symptoms and do not know they are infected. If symptoms occur with acute infection, they usually appear within 3 months of exposure and can last anywhere from 2–12 weeks. Symptoms of chronic Hepatitis B can take up to 30 years to develop.

Can you have hep C for 40 years and not know it?

When you have hepatitis C, it’s possible to go for years without knowing you’re infected. If you feel fine, does that mean you don’t need to treat the infection? It’s important to understand how the virus works. After you’re infected, chronic hepatitis C may silently hurt your body.

How long do chronic hepatitis B patients live?

The estimated carrier life expectancy is 71.8 years, as compared to 76.2 years among noncarriers (Figure ​ 5). These results are consistent with other estimates, which indicate that 15% to 40% of HBV carriers die of liver complications.

Can you tell how long you’ve had hep C?

We don’t have a test that can tell how long a person has been infected with hepatitis C. Do I have liver damage? Hepatitis C can cause damage to the liver. This happens slowly, over 20 to 40 years.

Can inactive hepatitis B be transmitted?

However, having an undetectable viral load doesn’t mean you won’t infected someone during unsafe sex. Even if a man has an undetectable viral load, studies show his semen still contains some HBV and can spread infection, though the risk is lower.

How do I know if I have acute or chronic hepatitis B?

If you test positive for HBsAg for longer than six months, it means you have a chronic hepatitis B infection. But, if you no longer test positive (or “reactive”) for HBsAg after six months and you develop hepatitis B surface antibodies (HBsAb), then you have cleared hepatitis B after an “acute” infection.