In the case of acute hepatitis B infection, treatment is supportive, meaning that it is given with the aim of maintaining comfort, nutrition and fluids but not to cure the disease.
People with chronic hepatitis B may be treated with medications, including antivirals. 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. If you have chronic hepatitis B, you may have to take medicines for the rest of your life.
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.
Last reviewed: May 2018