Hepatitis B


How do I treat Hep B?

Drug treatment may be effective for some carriers of Hepatitis B (Hep B). Long term medical supervision is required for people with chronic Hepatitis B. Alcohol and some other drugs should be avoided by those with Hep B.

How do I prevent catching Hep B?

The best protection against Hepatitis B (Hep B) is permanent immunity to the virus which you can visit your local doctor or sexual health clinic to receive. As Hep B can be passed on sexually as well as transmitted via infected blood, using condoms during sex and only ever using sterile equipment for piercing, tattooing or injecting will greatly reduce your risk of contracting Hep B. This includes not sharing razors, or using fresh razors if you have cut yourself.

What are the symptoms of Hep B?

Hepatitis B (Hep B) symptoms appear 4 weeks to 6 months after transmission. Mild flu-like symptoms, tiredness, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, dark urine, nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain are all indicators of a Hep B infection. However it is also quite possible there are no obvious symptoms.

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B (also known as Hep B) is a viral infection that affects the liver. Hepatitis B can be detected by a blood test. It can be difficult to determine how Hepatitis B was transmitted as it can be sexually transmitted as well as transmitted via infected blood (sharing needles, syringes, tattoo equipment etc). It is very common in countries in Africa, Asia and South America, and often your doctor will advise you to have a Hep B vaccination prior to overseas travel.