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- Illicit drug injection use, especially when sharing needles
- Unprotected sexual contact, especially with multiple partners
- Sharing a residence and/or personal items with someone who has HBV
- Stay in hospital or long-term care facility
- Hemodialysis treatment
- Work that includes contact with blood or body fluids, such as health care or public safety workers
- Travel to areas where HBV is common
- Fatigue that lasts for weeks or months
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Low-grade fever
- Yellowing skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Abdominal pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
- Joint pain
- Dark urine and light-colored stool
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid certain medicines, dietary supplements, and herbs
- Contact recent sexual partners so they can be tested and/or treated
- Use condoms or abstain from sex.
- Limit your number of sexual partners.
- Do not inject drugs. If you use IV drugs, get treatment to help you stop. Never share needles or syringes.
- Do not share personal items that may have blood or body fluids on them.
- Make sure a tattoo artist or piercer properly sterilizes the equipment.
- Wear gloves when touching or cleaning up body fluids on personal items.
- Cover open cuts or wounds.
- If you are pregnant, have a blood test for hepatitis B. Infants born to mothers with hepatitis B should be treated within 12 hours after birth.
American Liver Foundation http://www.liverfoundation.org
Hepatitis B Foundation http://www.hepb.org
Canadian Liver Foundation http://www.liver.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/01/2013 -