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Hepatitis B

Living with Chronic Hepatitis B

If you have chronic Hepatitis B, how do you manage it?
  • Get into medical care as soon as possible with a medical provider that is experienced in managing and treating Hepatitis B. It is important to get regular evaluation of your liver health and for you to consider treatment options.

  • Keep your liver healthy: The less stress the liver has to deal with the better! You can keep your liver healthy by reducing or eliminating alcohol; eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy body weight; staying away from toxins such as smoking or heavy fumes; and getting into good medical care as soon as possible.

    It is important to get regular evaluation of your liver health. Consult with your medical provider before taking any herbal medicines, home remedies or over the counter medication.
  • NYC Patient Advocate Su Wang, MD

  • Ask your doctor about getting the Hepatitis A vaccine. You can also search for hepatitis services in your borough or drop by one of the Health Department's Walk-in Clinics.

► Read about Hepatitis B and Alcohol (PDF)

Is there treatment for Hepatitis B?
There is medical treatment for Hepatitis B. It is usually treated
with anti-viral oral/pill medications which must be taken on a regular time schedule on an ongoing basis. Hepatitis B is sometimes treated with Interferon injections. Treatment may slow the progression of
liver disease.

If you have Hepatitis B: How do you prevent passing it along to others?
Make sure that others do not come into contact with your blood or sexual fluids. Cover cuts, sores, tears in the skin. Do not share personal items such as toothbrushes, razors, hair clippers, or sex toys. Do not let others use your medical or injection supplies, such as needles, syringes, diabetic finger-prick tests. Practice safer sex by using condoms.brochure

How can you tell others that you have chronic Hepatitis B?
Please read the booklet How to Tell Others That You Have Chronic Hepatitis B
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Support Groups
Hepatitis B is a challenging condition to understand and it is important to have support from people who understand and an opportunity ask questions on an ongoing basis. There are support groups in many locations.

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