What You Should Know About Hep B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can become a chronic disease that leads to premature death from liver failure.

Monitoring and treatment is available to manage hepatitis B virus (HBV) effectively so that carriers can lead active, normal lives.

HBV often shows no symptoms until it has progressed into something more serious, such as liver cancer. So even if you feel healthy, getting screened is important.

Without medical monitoring, 1 in 4 people with chronic HBV will die from liver cancer or liver failure.

HBV can be transmitted 3 ways: birth, blood, and sex.

HBV is NOT spread through other modes. Don’t believe the myths.

People that are born in or have parents born in hepatitis B impacted regions, should check their risk.

How You Help Stop The Spread Of HBV

Get Tested

If you are unsure whether you’re at risk for HBV, take 30 seconds to use our confidential assessment tool to find out.
If you assess as AT RISK through the tool, visit your family doctor and tell them you want to get tested for HBV. It’s free in the United States under the Affordable Care Act.

Take a screen shot of these 2 test codes and show it to your doctor:

  1. HBsAg (CPT: 87340)
  2. anti-HBs (CPT: 86706)

These two tests will let you know whether you have HBV or whether you are protected.

If You Test Positive for HBV

If you are a chronic HBV carrier, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Get annual medical monitoring to prevent liver cancer and liver failure.
  2. There is NO reason to distance yourself from friends or family.
  3. You should NOT be excluded from work, school, or other daily activities.
  4. You can prevent transmission to your children through vaccination at birth.

Spread the Word

Research shows that increasing diagnosis, care, and treatment to 90, 90, and 80 percent respectively, will cut HBV-related deaths in half by 2030.  That starts with awareness.

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