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Hepatitis B


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?

All adults who are at risk for getting hepatitis B should also be vaccinated. This includes:

  • Everyone 18 years of age and younger, including all newborn babies.
  • People who may be 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 or with people who have hepatitis B.
  • Men who have sex with men.
  • People with kidney or liver disease, or those with HIV.
  • Those under 60 with diabetes.
  • Health care providers who may come in contact with the virus.
  • People working in day care centers and institutions caring for children, the developmentally disabled 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. However, the disease is limited in most acute cases in adults and occasionally disappears in those with chronic disease.


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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 14, 2014
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