Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B is a liver disease. Learn about the causes of hepatitis B and what you need to know about living with hepatitis B.

Key points

  • Hepatitis B is an infection due to a virus called hepatitis B virus. People can get hepatitis B by contact with blood and bodily fluids, by sexual contact and during pregnancy or delivery from mother to baby.
  • You can protect your family and partners from hepatitis B by having them get the proper vaccination.
  • Always protect yourself and your partner with condoms and other barrier protection methods during sexual contact.
  • Alcohol and drugs can further damage your liver.
  • When you are ready to have a baby, talk to your health-care team about your hepatitis B status. They will protect your baby from getting hepatitis B.
Last updated: May 27th 2022