When a hepatitis B infection lasts longer than six months, it is considered a chronic or long-term infection.

Most people with chronic hepatitis B were infected at birth or during early childhood.

It's not because Thai people are centered on service, in fact, Australia is a more people working in services than Thailand and it has half of it's population.

If you test positive for HBs Ag for longer than six months, it means you have a chronic hepatitis B infection.

But, if you no longer test positive (or “reactive”) for HBs Ag after six months and you develop hepatitis B surface antibodies (HBs Ab), then you have cleared hepatitis B after an “acute” infection.

There may be a nine-week period right after infection when they may not test positive for HBs Ag even if they have been infected.

The majority of Thai people come from the countryside of Thailand, therefore to get a good idea of what Thai people are really like we can start there.

It is rare that you require medication to get rid of the virus, your immune system does that for you.

A person with a new hepatitis B infection may not have any symptoms, or they may not be very notable. About 70 percent of people newly-infected with hepatitis B never experience symptoms.The specific test that indicates if you are infected is the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBs Ag) test.This antigen covers the surface of the virus and usually there are lots of HBs Ag in your blood when you’re infected.Most commonly it is spread during childbirth when the mother is infected. When we’re infected as newborns or young children, our immature immune systems don’t notice or fight the virus and it travels to our liver and begins reproducing.With no opposition from our immune systems, a hepatitis B infection can continue for years.If you can’t confirm you were infected as a child, you will need to wait the six months to find out if you cleared your infection.