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Who Should Get Tested for Hepatitis B?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, it is a good idea to get a test:
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  • Are you pregnant? All pregnant women should get the test for Hepatitis B.
  • Did your mother have Hepatitis B when you were born?
  • Do you need chemotherapy or immunosuppressive therapy?
  • Have you ever been on dialysis?  
  • Have you ever been stuck with a needle or been exposed to someone's blood while on the job?
  • Have you ever used a razor, toothbrush, or other household item that may have had blood or sexual fluids on it?
  • Have you been diagnosed with HIV or any STD?
  • Are you a man who has sex with men?
  • Have you had sex with more than one partner in a 6-month period?
  • Have you ever injected drugs or shared any drug use equipment (needles, cookers, cotton, straws, pipes)?tatoo
  • Have you ever been incarcerated?
  • Did you ever get a tattoo or piercing anywhere other than a licensed business?
  • Do you have abnormal liver tests for an unknown reason?
  • Have you ever been told you have Hepatitis?

    Geography:
  • Were you born in one of the following areas of the world?
  • Were either of your parents born in one of the following areas of the world?
  • Do you live with someone from one of the following countries of the world?
  • Do you travel to one of the following countries?
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Map courtesy of CDC

Africa:

all countries

Asia:

all countries

Australia & South Pacific:

all countries except Australia and New Zealand

Middle East:

all countries except Cyprus and Israel

Eastern Europe:

all countries except Hungary

Western Europe:

Malta, Spain, and indigenous populations
in Greenland

North America:

Alaska Natives and indigenous populations in Northern Canada:

Central America:

Guatemala and Honduras

South America:

Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, and Amazonian areas of Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, and Peru

Caribbean:

Antigua-Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, and Turks and Caicos Islands

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Last Updated: January 30, 2012