Hepatitis B is a liver infection that is caused by a virus. It is the most common form of Hepatitis in the world. If have sex with someone from a high risk country, you have multiple sexual partners, or you inject drugs, you face an increased risk. If you fall into any of these categories, knowing how to tell you have Hepatitis B is important.
Countries with a high risk of Hepatitis B
The countries where there is an increased risk of Hepatitis B are those in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Other countries with high risk rates include the Amazon and certain southern regions of central and eastern Europe
Hepatitis B is not as common in the UK as in other countries. Nonetheless, it is thought approximately one in 350 people are infected.
How to tell you have Hepatitis B from its symptoms
In many cases with adults, Hepatitis B does not present any obvious symptoms. When this happens, the oblivious sufferer will usually self-cure without medical treatment in a few months.
The common symptoms of Hepatitis
With mild cases of Hepatitis B, any symptoms that might present are often mistake for flu. In cases where the infection becomes more severe, common symptoms include:
- Dark coloured urine
- Pale coloured faeces
- Jaundice (symptomised by the whites of the eyes, and sometimes the skin, turning yellow)
Once you know how to tell you have Hepatitis B, the above symptoms indicate you should visit an STD or GUM clinic. If you live and/or work in the City, Hepatitis B tests London can be taken at the sexual health clinic operated by Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.
The sexual health clinic at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall offers Hepatitis B tests and diagnosis. We also offer consultations and treatment where necessary. If you are at increased risk, we can also administer the Hepatitis B vaccination.
Walk-in Hepatitis B tests London Wall
Broadgate sexual health clinic London Wall is operated on a walk-in basis. Our opening hours are:
- Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 18:30
- Friday 08:00 to 17:30
If you prefer to phone ahead to make a same-day (or later) appointment, call 020 7638 4330.