HEPATITIS B

What is Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver. Over time it can damage the liver. It can lead to liver cancer.

Symptoms

  • Feeling very tired.
  • Mild fever.
  • mild headache
  • Not wanting to eat.
  • Feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting.
  • Belly pain.
  • diahareeah or constipation.
  • Muscle aches and joint pain.
  • skin rash.
  • Yellowish eyes and skin (jaundice). Jaundice usually appears only after other symptoms have started to go away.
  • Most people with chronic hepatitis B have no symptoms

    Exposure

    Having sex with an infected person without a condom.

    Share needles with an infected person.

    Share personal items like razors or toothbrushes with an infected person.

    Get a tattoo or piercing with tools that were not cleaned well.

    Passed through birth.

    Avoidance

    Get a hepatitis B vaccine.

    Don't have sex.

    Don't share needles.

    Don't share toothbrushes or razors.

    Wear a condom.

    Wear gloves when you have to touch blood.

    Treatments

    Anti-viral medicine.

    Hepatitis B vaccine.

    Additional info

    Increasing your risk of getting hepatitis B includes:

    Being sexually active

    Unprotected sex

    Having more than one sex partner

    Having a job where you have to handle blood

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