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Hep B

What is hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. It is transmitted from contact with blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or other body fluids from an infected person.

What are the symptoms?

Many people with hepatitis do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, grey-colored stools, joint pain, and jaundice.

How do I get tested?

Blood test.

How do I get treated?

Depending on the type of Hepatitis B infection you have, it can either get cured on its own or with treatment.

What if I don’t treat it?

You may develop cirrhosis of the liver and/or liver cancer.

How can I prevent it?

Know if your partner is infected before having sex. Abstinence is the only way to prevent it 100%. Use a latex, polyurethane, or polyisoprene condom for vaginal and anal sex. Get a Hepatitis B vaccine before becoming sexually active. Babies get vaccinated at birth, you may already be vaccinated.

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