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Hepatitis B treatment

The treatment for acute hepatitis B infection is supportive, aiming to maintain comfort, nutrition and fluids.

People with chronic hepatitis B may be treated with antiviral medications. These can help reduce the risk of developing liver disease in the long term. People who have chronic hepatitis B infection are recommended to see their doctor or specialist regularly for a check-up. There is a small chance of worsening liver damage and the development of cirrhosis or liver cancer.

Those who already have liver damage should have close medical supervision and may need antiviral medications, regular monitoring and screening for liver cancer.

 

What if I am pregnant?

It's recommended that all pregnant women are screened for hepatitis B in early pregnancy.

If you have hepatitis B and are pregnant, there are treatments available which are effective in preventing your baby from getting hepatitis B.

Sources: Australian Immunisation Handbook, 2013; G. f. sheet, Hepatitis B, 2012; ncirs hepatitis B fact sheet; Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (AFP July 2013: Hepatitis B. What's new?)W. m. c. 2013, Hepatitis B fact sheet; World Health Organisation (WHO)

Last reviewed: August 2015

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