While Many People Can Fight the Virus, It Can Become Chronic Chronic infections can last a lifetime and it is the ongoing inflammation that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
How long can one live with hepatitis B?
The estimated carrier life expectancy is 71.8 years, as compared to 76.2 years among noncarriers (Figure 5). These results are consistent with other estimates, which indicate that 15% to 40% of HBV carriers die of liver complications.
Is hepatitis B very serious?
Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that causes inflammation (swelling and reddening) that can lead to liver damage. Hepatitis B, also called HBV and Hep B, can cause cirrhosis (hardening or scarring), liver cancer and even death.