Living With Hepatitis B
This two-page handout educates people about living with hepatitis B, which is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It discusses HBV infection and clarifies that if the virus remains in the blood for more than six months the person can develop chronic HBV infections. It explains how a person's hepatitis B status, including diagnosis of chronic infection, is determined using the 3-part hepatitis B blood panel. The document lists ways those with hepatitis B can prevent spreading it to others, and includes web links and information about treatment for chronic hepatitis B. It contains recommendations for ways persons with chronic hepatitis B can live a healthy lifestyle, including limiting or avoiding alcohol, eating a balanced diet, and getting the hepatitis A vaccine.
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