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Hepatitis B

Have questions about how you get hepatitis B, symptoms, treatments and more? We have the answers in our hepatitis B FAQs.

How Do You Prevent Hepatitis B?

You can prevent the infectious liver disease hepatitis B by getting vaccinated and by following certain lifestyle practices. The infection spreads through the body fluids (such as blood and semen) of an affected individual. Some people contract a short-term type of hepatitis B that the body clears on its own.

What Is the Treatment for Hepatitis B?

There is no treatment for either the acute (short-term) or the chronic (lifelong) form of hepatitis B. If the virus does not clear on its own, however, you can take medication to prevent the virus from causing liver damage. Treating Acute Hepatitis B People who first contract the virus develop…

How Do You Get Hepatitis B?

You get hepatitis B after blood, vaginal fluids, or semen infected with the hepatitis B virus enters your system. You can get hepatitis B doing the following things with someone who has the infection: Having condomless sex. Sharing unsterilized needles for tattoos, piercing, or drugs. Sharing razors, glucose monitors, and…

What Is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is an infection caused by blood, semen, or vaginal fluids contaminated with the hepatitis B virus. It causes inflammation of the liver. If left untreated, hepatitis B can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. Types of Hepatitis B Hepatitis B can be acute or chronic. New cases…

What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B can cause similar symptoms to other liver diseases, including other types of hepatitis. However, most people with hepatitis B show no symptoms at all. Hepatitis B symptoms are more common in the acute phase than the chronic phase. Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis B Between…

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