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Digestive Diseases and Hepatitis B

How Can I Prevent Getting Hepatitis B or Spreading It?

To help keep hepatitis B infection from spreading:

  • Get vaccinated (if you have not already been infected).
  • Use condoms every time you have sex.
  • Wear gloves when touching or cleaning up body secretions of others on personal items, such as bandages/Band-Aids, tampons, and linens.
  • Cover all open cuts or wounds.
  • Do not share razors, toothbrushes, manicuring tools, or pierced earrings with anyone.
  • Do not share chewing gum or pre-chew food for a baby.
  • Make certain that any needles for drugs, ear piercing, or tattooing are properly sterilized.
  • Clean areas with blood on them with one part household bleach and 10 parts water.


Can I Get Hepatitis B From Blood Transfusions?

The chance of becoming infected with hepatitis B from receiving blood transfusions is unlikely because donated blood is tested for the virus. Any infected blood is discarded.

Who Should Be Vaccinated for Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B vaccinations should be administered to:

  • All newborn babies
  • People who are exposed to infected blood or body fluids of friends or family members
  • People who use needles to take recreational drugs
  • All people who have sex with more than one person
  • Health care providers who may come in contact with the virus
  • People working in day care centers and institutions caring for children and prisoners


Is There a Cure for Hepatitis B?

Currently, there is no cure for hepatitis B. Luckily, the disease is limited in most acute cases and occasionally disappears in those with chronic disease.


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on July 09, 2014

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