Hepatitis B is a liver infection, that is spread through semen, blood and vaginal fluids. Your chance of catching Hep B in the UK is low, however we offer a vaccine if you’re high risk, or travelling to a country where Hepatitis B is more common.
Although rare in the UK, Hepatitis B can be found in higher risk areas, such as Africa, Asia, the Middle East and parts of south American and Eastern Europe.
Not to be confused with Hepatitis A, which is spread through poor sanitation, or Hepatitis C which is most commonly transmitted through sharing needles, Hep B is an STI (Sexually transmitted infection)
Take a look at the world map below, to view where Hepatitis B is commonly found. It’s important to remember that Hep B is not native to these countries alone and can be found elsewhere.
Here are three symptoms to help recognise the disease
There are five different hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis A is the most contagious/ Hepatitis worldwide due to the virus being highly transmissible.
Hepatitis B, C, D are not transmitted as easily due to their blood borne transmission route, however all forms of Hepatitis can be transmitted through sexual contact or through saliva. Hepatitis E is transmitted through water or food like Hep A but is currently not common worldwide.
We also offer vaccinations for Hepatitis A, click here for more information.
In the UK, the Hepatitis B vaccine is given to babies as part of the 6-in-1 vaccine.
For those who are at higher risk, including those travelling to a high-risk country, have a liver or kidney disease or have HIV, should also ensure they are fully vaccinated.
Information on how the vaccine is administered coming shortly.
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