Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease.
How is it spread?
The virus is spread through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person, such as;
Although there are often no symptoms, they can include:
To recover, you should eat a well-balanced, low fat diet, and make sure you rest and get some exercise. It is best to avoid alcohol and drugs, as well as sexual contact, until you are better. If you are using any other medicines, check with your doctor that they don’t affect your liver.
There are vaccines available for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. These stop you getting the infection if the first place.
In New Zealand, free immunisation is available for the household and sexual contacts of people known to carry hepatitis B. If your partner is not immunised, you should always use a condom. Protection is offered to babies on the immunisation schedule and to children under 16 years.