Because hepatitis delta requires someone to also have hepatitis B, the best way to prevent an infection is by getting the hepatitis B vaccine series. Family members and sexual partners of people with hepatitis B and delta are high-risk and should be vaccinated.
- The hepatitis B vaccine is a series of 2 -3 shots usually given over a 6-month period and is available at a doctor’s office, health department or STD clinic. If you live in the US, click here to find a vaccine location near you.
For those already infected with chronic hepatitis B, you can protect yourself from hepatitis delta by having protected sex (sex with a condom), and avoiding potential blood exposures. For more prevention tips, click here.