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What should I do if I think I have been infected with hepatitis B?

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If you think you may have been infected with hepatitis B and you never had a vaccine, let your doctor know. You may be able to prevent an infection if you get a hepatitis B immune globulin shot. If you think you may have picked up hepatitis B through sex, you'll need to get this shot within 14 days. If your infection is from other causes, you'll need to get the shot within 24 hours.

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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