What is it?
Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause inflammation of the liver.
It is very common worldwide and is very infectious.
How did I get it?
There are several ways in which it is passed on:
Unprotected sex, including oral sex.
Sharing needles, syringes or any other drug injecting equipment.
Tattooing, body piercing if dirty equipment is used.
Through a blood transfusion in a country where donated blood
is not screened (it is screened in the UK).
What are the symptoms?
Yellow skin (jaundice), yellow eyes and darker urine.
Many people may have no symptoms.
What will it do to me?
Most people infected with the Hepatitis B virus fully recover and
you cant be infected with it again.
A few people may go on to develop long term liver damage and in
some cases liver cancer.
Where can I go?
Your local GU Medicine/Sexual Health clinic, or a Doctor.
You may then be referred to a liver specialist.
Can it be treated?
No, but people can make a full recovery.
If you have this infection your partner will also need to have
a check up. There is a vaccination available.
Always wearing a condom during sex will reduce the
risk of becoming infected.