Hep B is an easily managed condition if you have regular check-ups with your doctor.
If you have hep B you can live a long and healthy life if you see your doctor every 6-12 months for monitoring.
Who Might need Treatment for Hepatitis B?
Only some people will ever get treatment for their hep B. A lot of people will only need regular monitoring. Your doctor will know from your check-ups if the virus is at a stage that would be helped by treatment. If you ever need treatment, your doctor will tell you and recommend the right one for you.
Why are Regular Checks and Liver Tests Important?
The most important thing is to see your doctor every 6 months for liver checks. Hep B can change over time. There are times when the virus is quiet with little damage occurring. At other times, the virus is active – and this is when the liver gets damaged.
You may not feel any different when the virus is active and damaging the liver. So, it is important to get regular liver checks so your doctor can see if your liver is healthy and how the virus is behaving.
How to Treat Hep B?
Not every hep B patient will need to take medicine. Your doctor will know if you should start hep B treatment through regular testing.
Who Should I Tell About my Hep B?
You can choose if you want to tell anyone about your hep B. But it is a very good idea to tell people who are close to you, such as family members, sexual partners, and housemates, to get tested for hep B. If they don’t have hep B, they should get vaccinated.
Find out More About Treating Hep B
If you’re looking for more information about hep B monitoring and treatment , contact the free Hepatitis Infoline today.
If you are experiencing, or worried about hepatitis B related stigma or discrimination, we offer a free counselling service, which you can learn more about here.
This page last updated 9 Jan 2018