Frequently Asked Questions about Hepatitis B
Below are links to some of our most commonly asked questions.
What is hepatitis B?
Why is hepatitis B so dangerous?
Is there a cure for hepatitis B?
What treatments (medicines) are available for chronic hepatitis B?
What blood tests are important to diagnose and evaluate my hepatitis B infection?
Does everyone with chronic hepatitis B need to take medicine?
Will herbals, natural "remedies", Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine, supplements, or vitamins and minerals control hepatitis B?
If I don't need to take medicine for my hepatitis B at this time, what must I do to support my liver?
Can a hepatitis B infection be prevented? How can I protect my loved ones?
Is the hepatitis B vaccine safe?
Is the hepatitis B vaccine safe during pregnancy?
Can I catch hepatitis B from the vaccine?
If I started the vaccine series but didn't complete my 2nd or 3rd dose on schedule, do I have to start over?
I received my vaccine years ago--am I still protected?
Should I get the hepatitis B vaccine if I have a chronic HBV infection or have recovered from a past infection?
Where can I get vaccinated against hepatitis B in the USA?
What should I do if I am diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B?
I am diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B, can I get married and have children?
I am currently pregnant, and I have hepatitis B. What should I do to protect my baby?
Can I donate blood if I have hepatitis B?
NEW If I have chronic hepatitis B infection, can I hug my children, partner or friend?
NEW I’m in love, when and how do I tell my (prospective) partner that I have hepatitis B?
NEW If hepatitis B is sexually transmitted, how come my partner isn’t infected?
NEW If chronic hepatitis B is a silent disease, why do I have symptoms?
NEW Sometimes I feel sad and depressed because of my hepatitis B status, what should I do?
NEW I keep hearing about a “Functional Cure” for chronic hepatitis B, what does this mean?
NEW What is the likelihood that someone infected with hepatitis B will develop liver cancer?
NEW I’m living with hepatitis B, what should I do to reduce my risk of developing liver cancer?
NEW My country does not have a clinical trial for hepatitis B. Is it possible to travel to another country to participate?