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How common is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B affects over two billion people worldwide and is responsible for more than a million deaths every year.
How is hepatitis B transmitted?
The hepatitis B virus can spread in several ways, including sexual contact, blood-to-blood contact and from mother to child at birth.
Who gets hepatitis B?
Groups at particular risk of hepatitis B include babies born to infected mothers; intravenous drug users; healthcare workers exposed to blood; people receiving blood transfusions; people who come into contact with used, unsterilized medical equipment; sexual partners …
How is hepatitis B diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose hepatitis B by performing blood tests specific to the virus.
What are the common complications of hepatitis B?
Complications of hepatitis B include liver damage (cirrhosis), liver failure and liver cancer. These complications can cause serious harm and death.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Hepatitis B