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Hepatitis D

Caused by the Hepatitis D Virus (HDV)

  • Can only become infected with HDV if you already have a hepatitis B infection.
  • Transmitted through infected blood, sex, needles and from infected women to their newborns.
  • Hepatitis D co-infections cause more serious and rapid liver damage.
  • There is no effective treatment, except for a liver transplant.
  • The hepatitis B vaccine can prevent a hepatitis D infection.

 

Page last reviewed February 2014

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