hepatitis b

Yes, Hepatitis B is contagious.

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The virus is found in the blood and body fluids of infected people. It is most often spread among adults through sexual contact, by sharing needles or drug paraphernalia, getting piercings or tattoos in an unsterile environment, or from an HBV-infected mother to her new born during birth (also known as vertical transmission). HBV can also be spread through normal household contact with HBV-infected people. The Hepatitis B virus can survive outside of the body for up to seven (7) days.

POSSIBLE METHODS OF TRANSMISSION INCLUDE:

  • Direct contact with infected blood
  • Transfer from mother to baby during birth
  • Being pricked with a contaminated needle
  • Intimate contact with a person with Hepatitis B
  • Oral, vaginal, and anal sex
  • Using a razor or any other personal item with remnants of infected fluid

WHO IS AT RISK OF HEPATITIS B?

Certain groups are at particularly high risk of HBV infection.

These include:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Men who have sex with other men
  • People who use iv drugs
  • People with multiple sex partners
  • People with chronic liver disease
  • People with kidney disease
  • People over the age of 60 with diabetes
  • Those traveling to countries with a high incidence of HBV infection

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM HEPATITIS B?

Get tested. Once you are negative, get vaccinated!

If you would like more information, please call 08053901919. If you are in Lagos and would like to get tested and vaccinated, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/u7jfbB34pXpShRbZ9

Would you like to sponsor an indigent Hepatitis B positive woman? Please email us at biofemmarketing1@gmail.com

References

Healthline, 2017

Medicine Net, 2019

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