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Hepatitis B Vaccine and HIV

People who become infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) may remain infected for the rest of their lives (chronic carriers). Chronic carriers of hepatitis B can spread the virus to others and are at risk for long-term liver damage. HIV infection can speed up the rate at which liver damage develops.

Most people with HIV infection who have not previously been infected with hepatitis B should be immunized against it. The same high-risk behavior that increases the risk of HIV infection also increases the risk of becoming infected with hepatitis B.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised April 8, 2010

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Last Updated: April 08, 2010
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