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This is a blood-borne infection. The hepatitis B virus causes a long- standing (chronic) infection. It also gives rise to hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer), which is a notorious cancer that kills within approximately six months of diagnosis. HBV infection is about TEN TIMES more infectious than HIV. Humans are the only source of infection. How is it transmitted? Via any of the following: Transfusion of unscreened blood or blood products From a carrier mother to the baby Sexual intercourse- heterosexual or homosexual Repeated use of hypodermic needles without sterilization; such

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