Hepatitis B is sometimes called Hep B. It’s a virus that affects the liver but it can be prevented through a vaccination, condom use, and regular STI testing.
Are there any symptoms?
There aren’t always symptoms, and if you do have them they may go away after just a few weeks.
Symptoms can include; flu-like symptoms, sickness, vomiting, not feeling like eating, aches, pains, tiredness, dark urine, yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)
How do you catch Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is transmitted through sexual fluids and blood. You can catch Hepatitis B by having oral, vaginal or anal sex without a condom, with someone who has Hepatitis B.
It can also be passed on through shared toothbrushes, razors, injecting equipment or from tattooing and body piercing with non-sterile equipment. Remember, you can’t get Hepatitis B by touching, hugging, kissing, or sharing food with someone who has it.
Always use a condom and never share needles
Most young people have been vaccinated for Hepatitis B, which means you are protected from getting the virus. If you’re not sure if you have been vaccinated, your doctor can check with a blood test, and provide a vaccination if you need it.
Your doctor will do a simple blood test to see if you have Hepatitis B. If it’s positive, it’s important you follow your doctor’s advice for further testing. Most people will clear the infection without any treatment, however, for those who don’t, daily medication is sometimes necessary to stay healthy.