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What are ways to prevent hepatitis B?

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A vaccine can prevent hepatitis B. You can also reduce your chances of getting the disease if you avoid contact with other people's blood and body fluids. That means:

  • Don't share toothbrushes or razors.
  • Don't use someone else's needle if you inject illicit drugs.
  • Only get tattoos and piercings from shops that can show you how they sterilize their gear.
  • Use a latex or polyurethane condom when you have sex.

From: Can I Prevent Hepatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for Health Professional," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006–2012," "Prevent Hepatitis A: Get Vaccinated Before You Travel," "Preventing Hepatitis B," "Viral Hepatitis and Young Persons Who Inject Drugs."

Mayo Clinic: "Hepatitis A."

MedlinePlus: "Preventing Hepatitis A," "Preventing Hepatitis B or C."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis A."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 27, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for Health Professional," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006–2012," "Prevent Hepatitis A: Get Vaccinated Before You Travel," "Preventing Hepatitis B," "Viral Hepatitis and Young Persons Who Inject Drugs."

Mayo Clinic: "Hepatitis A."

MedlinePlus: "Preventing Hepatitis A," "Preventing Hepatitis B or C."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis A."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 27, 2017

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