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2. What is the difference between acute and chronic HBV infection?

I thought we'd talk about acute and chronic hepatitis B, the disease characteristics, and the clinical management. First, I thought I'd show you a picture of the hepatitis B virus. The hepatitis B virus is well every virus is its own special case. But this one is actually like a spherical kind of virus. It’s a DNA virus and that becomes very important because DNA is what’s in your cells and associated with your multiplication. So this is a virus that once you catch it, it grabs itself into the cell nucleus and becomes part of your own DNA and your liver. It has a virus inside and then it has a protein coat around it.