Verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Verification sent. Please check your inbox to verify your address.

Unable to send verification. Please try again later.

Advertisement
  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the difference between acute and chronic hepatitis?

  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • 1

    Thanks

    We are the peak community-based hepatitis organisation in the Australian state of New South Wales. We take a partnership approach with people primarily affected by ... View Profile

    Acute infection involves a short illness that lasts up to six months. During this time the body fights the hepatitis virus and clears it from the body.

    Chronic infection involves a long term, life-long, illness. The body tried to initially clear the virus but the virus has evaded the immune system and continues to replicate.

    With hepatitis A, illness lasts a matter of weeks and there is no ongoing chronic infection.

    With hepatitis B, only 5% of adults contracting the virus will have a chronic infection. Alarmingly,  90% of babies contracting the virus will develop chronic infection.

    With hepatitis C, around 75% of people contracting the virus will develop a chronic infection.

  • Advertisement

You may also like these related questions

answer this question

You must be a Healthshare member to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

Receive free answers to your health questions!

Advertisement
Find Health Professionals
Community Contributor
Advertisement

Empowering Australians to make better health choices