HEPATITIS: TYPE B

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LEARN TO TAKE CARE

Hepatitis B, is a liver disease caused by the infection with the hepatitis B virus.

Hepatitis B is spread by:


  • Vaginal sex
  • Oral sex
  • Anal sex
  • Sharing needles for injecting drugs, body piercing
  • Infected mother to newborn
  • Sharing personal items that may have blood or bodily fluids on them

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Signs and symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal disconfort.
  • Yellows eyes and skin.
  • Dark urine or light-color stool
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in muscles and joints
  • Begin 45 - 180 days after exposure

Complications:

  • Can spread to sex partners
  • Can lead to chronic liver disease,cirrhosis, liver cancer and death
  • Infected baby may become a chronically infected
  • Infected mother can pass the virus to newborn

Prevention:

  • Don't share needles for drugs or piercing
  • Always use latex condom during vaginal and anal sex
  • Use latex barrier for oral sex on a vagina or anus
  • Limit the number of sex partners
  • Hepatitis b vaccine is recomended for all infants, adolescents and sexually active adults

LATEX CONDOMS, WHEN USED CONSISTENTLY AND CORRECTLY, CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF HEPATITIS B

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