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Hepatitis B reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and possibly cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer. People can have Hepatitis B for months before symptoms set in, so it can be easily spread unknowingly to others. Unlike HIV, the Hepatitis B virus can live outside the body for at least 7 days or more in dried blood. It is much easier to catch this virus from exposure. The virus is spread predominately from sexual contact and IV drug abuse.