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.
Understanding Hepatitis B
Find out more about the cause, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis B.
The Basics of Hepatitis
WebMD experts explain the basics of hepatitis.
You might need a liver transplant if your liver doesn’t work the way it should. This is called liver failure. Learn more about liver transplantation, including when it may be needed, how candidates are picked, what to expect from the procedure, and what happens after surgery.
What Is Portal Hypertension?
WebMD explains portal hypertension, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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.
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.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Hepatitis: What Puts You at Risk
This WebMD slideshow shows you the risk factors for contracting hepatitis and how to avoid them.
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.
Picture of Gianetti-Crosti Syndrome
Gianetti-Crosti syndrome. Monomorphous papules coalescing into plaques on the cheeks of a child.