How Can I Avoid Becoming Infected, or Infecting Others With Hepaitis B?
The best ways to try and avoid becoming infected with hepatitis B include:
- 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 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 jewelry with anyone.
- Do not share chewing gum or pre-chew food for a baby.
- Make certain that any needles for drugs, piercing, or tattooing are properly sterilized.
- Clean areas with blood on them with one part household bleach and 10 parts water.
Can I Catch Hepatitis B From Blood Transfusions?
The chance of catching 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?
- Everyone 18 years of age and younger, including all newborn babies, should be vaccinated for hepatitis B.
- 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.
- People who have hemodialysis (a procedure that cleans and filters the blood).
- International travelers to areas where hepatitis B is widespread.
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.