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Living with hepatitis B

Living with hepatitis B

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Living with hepatitis B

What is hepatitis B? 

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It’s the most common liver infection in the world, usually passed on from mother to baby during birth, or through exposure to the blood of someone with hepatitis B (usually through unsterile medical procedures). 

Treatment and monitoring

Hepatitis B is an easily managed condition if you have regular check-ups with your doctor.

If you have hepatitis B you can live a long and healthy life if you see your doctor every 6 or 12 months for monitoring. Your doctor or specialist will tell you if treatment will be helpful for you. Take a look at our NSW Services Directory to find a hepatitis B treating doctor near you.

Telehealth and hepatitis B

A Telehealth appointment is an appointment you can have with your doctor on a phone or on a screen (smart phone, laptop, computer or tablet). 

If you have hepatitis B, you can use Telehealth without having a face-to-face appointment first. You can find out more at our What you need to know about Telehealth and hepatitis B page.

Family planning, sex and hepatitis B

People living with hepatitis B can have children. You can read more about family planning and hepatitis B on our Pregnancy, babies and hepatitis B page.

Sexual partners and hepatitis B

As long as your sexual partner is vaccinated against hepatitis B, they will not be able to get hepatitis B. If you know you have hep B, you must take reasonable precautions against passing it on.  This includes using precautions such as condoms and lube with sexual partners who may not be vaccinated and immune. 

If someone you are going to have sex with asks if you have hep B, you legally have to tell them, before you have sex, or you need to walk away if you don’t want to disclose. If you don’t tell a sexual partner about having hep B when asked, this may mean your partner has not consented to the sexual activity.

To find out more about sex and hepatitis B, read our Sex, hepatitis B and consent page.

Telling others you have hepatitis B

In most situations, it’s up to you if you want to tell someone if you have hepatitis B.

You don’t have to tell healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses or dentists, because they should use universal standard precautions that are the same for every patient.

There are some jobs and workplaces where you have to tell your employer. 

You may have to tell your insurance company.

Call the Hepatitis Infoline or read our Telling others you have hepatitis B page if you want to learn more. 

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

Have more questions about living with hepatitis B? Contact the free Hepatitis Infoline or download one of our free online resources now. 

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