Hepatitis B Directory
Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus, which is passed through infected blood and bodily fluids. Chronic hepatitis B infection often has no symptoms but can lead to liver damage and failure. The virus can be passed by sharing needles, razors, or toothbrushes; having sex without a condom; or getting tattoos. A mother who has the virus can pass it to her baby during delivery. A blood test is used to diagnose hepatitis B; a liver biopsy may be necessary to check for liver damage. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how hepatitis B is contracted, its symptoms, how to treat it, and much more.
Hepatitis B Virus Tests
Hepatitis B virus tests look for substances in the blood that show a hepatitis infection is active, ongoing (chronic), or has occurred in the past. The tests look for antigens, antibodies, or genetic material (DNA) of the virus that causes hepatitis.
Understanding Hepatitis B
WebMD looks at the cause, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis B.
The Basics of Hepatitis
WebMD experts explain the basics of hepatitis.
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV),one of three viral agents that cause inflammation of the liver known as hepatitis or diffuse hepatocellular inflammatory disease. Hepatitis B is characterized by fever,nausea,vomiting,and yellow discoloration of the skin,eyes and mucous membranes (jaundice). In its most serious form,if left untreated,...
Viral Hepatitis: Eight Ways to Protect Your Family
Hepatitis A and B can lead to liver damage and sometimes death. But you can protect yourself and your family with these eight steps.
Viral Hepatitis: 8 Self-Defense Tips for Travelers
The risk of contracting viral hepatitis is higher for many Americans who travel abroad -- especially to regions where hepatitis is prevalent and sanitation is poor. Here are 8 tips to protect travelers.
Between Friends: Living Donors
It's a trend that's changing transplant medicine. More and more people are willing to donate a kidney or part of a liver - while they're still alive.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Hepatitis
Hepatitis A, B, and C spread in very different ways, causing mild to serious effects on the liver. Pictures show hepatitis symptoms, how to avoid the disease, vaccines, and treatments.
Hepatitis: What Puts You at Risk?
Slideshow: Hepatitis: What Puts You at Risk
What Puts You at Risk