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How do I know if I have hepatitis B?

How do I know if I have hepatitis B?

Home All about hepatitis B How do I know if I have hep B?
How do I know if I have hepatitis B?


Signs & symptoms 

The only way to know if you have hepatitis B is to get tested

Many people with hepatitis B don’t know they have it. This is because the virus doesn’t show symptoms in most people. These people become ill, and go to the doctor or hospital not knowing they have hepatitis B until they receive the results of their blood test.  

If you know you have hepatitis B, see your doctor or specialist every 6 months for check-ups 

Transmission and risk 

The hepatitis B virus can only live in blood and sexual fluids. Hepatitis B can be a risk if there is blood-to-blood contact with someone with hepatitis B. Unprotected sex can also be a transmission risk for hepatitis B. We have more information on our Transmission and risk page. The most common transmission risk for hepatitis B is from mother to baby at birth

Testing 

The only way to know if you have hepatitis B is to get tested

If you think you’re at risk for hepatitis B, you will need to ask your doctor for a hepatitis B test. Take a look at our NSW Services Directory to find a hepatitis B testing doctor near you.

If you do have hepatitis B, luckily people with hepatitis B can live healthy lives if they are regularly monitored and treated by a doctor. 

Contact the Hepatitis Infoline or talk to your doctor for more information 

Have a question about testing for hepatitis B? Contact the free Hepatitis Infoline or download one of our free online resources now. 

If you think you have been at risk for hepatitis B, please talk to your doctor. Our resources don’t replace advice from a medical professional.

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