Hepatitis B (also called Hep 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.
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Hepatitis B: The Facts (PDF)
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Protect Your Baby for Life: When a Pregnant Woman has Hepatitis B (PDF)
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Hepatitis C is transmitted from one person to another when the blood of an infected person gets into the blood stream of another person. Hepatitis C can live outside of the body for several days. There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C. Learn more about Hepatitis C and where to get testing and treatment, regardless of insurance status.