What is Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a blood borne virus carried in the blood and affects the liver. It can also be called Hep B or HBV. Hepatitis B can be treated curable and there is a vaccine available.
How do I know I've got it?
The signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B are; feeling sick, tummy pains, fever and generally feeling unwell. If you have any of these symptoms and have been at risk Hepatitis B you should contact your GP immediately, who will take a blood sample to check your liver health and test if you have Hepatitis B.
How do you get it?
Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood; when an infected person’s blood enters the blood stream of someone else and through sexual intercourse. Hep B is not passed on through; hugging, kissing, coughing, sneezing or sharing cutlery.
Hepatitis B can be passed on by:
• Having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has been infected with Hep B
• Sharing injecting equipment; needles, syringes, spoons, filters
• Snorting drugs
• Tattoos and piercings where equipment is not sterile
• From mother to baby.
What is the treatment?
Treatment for Hepatitis B is very successful but is sometimes not required as some people clear the virus themselves. Specialist doctors and nurses will help and advise you on the best treatment for you.
It is very important that sexual partner/s are told if they have been at risk of catching Hepatitis B so they can be tested and if necessary vaccinated or treated.
Where can I get tested?
• Your GP practice
• Hepatology Service, 01786 434079
• Local sexual health services
• Signpost Recovery, Alloa, 0845 6731774
• CADS, Community Alcohol & Drug Service, 01786 434430 0r 01324 673670