What is the global prevalence of hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B)?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Hepatitis B is a worldwide healthcare problem, especially in developing areas. An estimated one third of the global population has been infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Approximately 350-400 million people have lifelong chronic infection, and 0.5 % spontaneously seroconvert annually from having the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) to having the hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs). [3] (See Pathophysiology, Etiology, and Epidemiology.)


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