Hepatitis C is a sneaky virus. About 80% of infected people don't have any symptoms of the virus, and their liver shows only a little damage. Many of these people are diagnosed with hepatitis C after showing abnormal liver enzymes on routine blood tests. Other people -- about 10% to 20% -- develop cirrhosis after having the hepatitis C infection for 20 or 30 years. This is when the normal functioning liver is replaced by scar tissue. A smaller number of people develop liver cancer after infection...
Have not been immunized against HBV but have come
in contact with the blood or body fluids (semen or
vaginal fluids, including menstrual blood) of someone who has hepatitis
Are being immunized against HBV but have not yet received all
three shots in the vaccination series and are exposed to the virus. In most
cases, HBIG will prevent infection until the vaccine takes effect.
A dose of HBIG also may be given to babies born to women who have hepatitis B.
HBIG is safe for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.