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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that affects your liver (Hepatitis means inflammation of your liver.) Hepatitis can be caused by lots of viruses and even alcohol can cause it.

Hepatitis can be passed on during sex, through blood and other body liquids.

This means that infected people who share needles (through doing drugs or unclean tattoo shops) or sometimes even toothbrushes (saliva) can pass it on.

What symptoms can you get?

  • Symptoms can occur from 1 month to 4 months after the virus is passed on. 
  • Sometimes you just feel a little bit unwell with a fever and muscle aches before your eyes become yellow (jaundice) and you get tummy pains. 
  • It can be mild in some people and severe in others leading to death or cancer later in life. 
  • You can carry the infection for life or you may get rid of it.

Is there treatment?

We will need to talk to you, examine you and do some blood tests.

There are things we can do to make you feel better. If you carry the virus, there are some medications that can help so do come in and talk to us about it.

When you have a sexual health check with us, we will check you for this virus because you might have caught it after unprotected sex or you might be carrying it and not know.