Hepatitis B Research

Hepatitis B is caused by infection with the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). The incubation period from the time of exposure to onset of symptoms is 6 weeks to 6 months. HBV is found in highest concentrations in blood and in lower concentrations in other body fluids. Hepatitis B is liver inflammation caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV infection can be acute or chronic.

Acute hepatitis B causes symptoms to appear quickly in adults. Children rarely develop acute HBV. Any infections are far more likely to be chronic. Chronic hepatitis B develops slowly. Symptoms may not be noticeable unless complications develop. According to the CDC Chronic Hepatitis B affects approximately 350 million people and contributes to an estimated 620,000 deaths worldwide each year. In 2007, there were an estimated 43,000 new Hepatitis B virus infections in the United States. An estimated 800,000 to 1.4 million persons have chronic Hepatitis B virus infection in the United States. Many people don’t know they are infected or may not have symptoms and therefore never seek the attention of medical or public health officials.Symptoms of HBV may not be apparent for months or years. Any symptoms of HBV should be treated right away. In addition, you should let your doctor know immediately if you have been exposed to hepatitis B. You may be able to prevent infection.

You may be eligible to participate in a Hepatitis B study if you have been diagnosed with Hepatitis B. Please contact Dr. Violeta Capriles in our research department if you have questions regarding our clinical research opportunities. vcapriles@liverassoctx.com , Tel:713-799-2667, Fax: 713-547-4378