Get the hep B vaccination
This involves three separate injections within six months. With this, most people will develop complete protection against hep B infection. Hep B vaccinations can be accessed through a doctor or a sexual health clinic and may be free. Talk to your doctor or sexual health nurse to find out more. You can also call the Hepatitis Infoline 1800 803 990 to find out more about hep B vaccination.
Use condoms when having oral, anal or vaginal sex. Use dental dams when having oral sex. Condoms and dams help to prevent exposure to hep B as well as other sexually transmitted infections. You can get free condoms and dams from sexual health clinics.
Get your tattoos and piercings done by a professional who uses infection control procedures
In NSW professional tattoo artists and piercers have to comply to Health Guidelines that cover blood-borne virus prevention. Non-professional tattooists and piercers may not be aware of all the steps they need to take to make sure they are not putting you are at risk of getting a blood-borne virus. Ask your tattooist or piercer to explain their infection-control processes.
Always use your own equipment when you’re injecting drugs or steroids
Sharing any of the equipment you use when youinject: needles, spoons, tourniquets, swabs, filters, hands etc. can be a risk for passing on hep B.
Babies born to mums who are hep B positive
Babies born to mums with hep B should receive Hb immunoglobulin and vaccination within 12 hours of birth. All babies in Australia are started on hep B vaccination at birth.
Primary sources for this page: Hepatitis C Quick Reference Resource for Healthcare Workers (Hepatitis NSW/NSW Ministry of Health, 2016)
This page was last updated 07 June 2016.