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Hepatitis B and Pregnancy

asian mother and baby

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is spread by direct contact with infected body fluids; usually by sharing needles or sexual contact, especially sex without a condom.

  • Hepatitis B can be spread from mother to child during pregnancy and childbirth.  

  • All pregnant women should be screened for Hep B using a test called the hepatitis B surface antigen test.

  • If you have Hep B, there are medicines that can help prevent your baby from getting Hep B.

Call 311 for information about getting tested or treatment for Hepatitis B, or getting the Hepatitis B vaccine. You can also go to one of the Health Department's
walk-in clinics.

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Last Updated: March 8, 2012