Hepatitis B (Hep-ah-ty-tiss)

What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). It ranges in severity from a mild illness, lasting a few weeks (acute), to a serious long-term illness (chronic) that can lead to liver disease or liver cancer.

How is Hepatitis B transmitted?
Contact with infectious blood, semen, and other body fluids from having sex with an infected person, sharing contaminated needles to inject drugs, sharing items such as razors or toothbrushes with an infected person or from an infected mother to her newborn.

Why should I take the Hepatitis B vaccination?
Chronic Hepatitis B is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems, including liver damage, liver failure, liver cancer, or even death. So it is advisable to take the vaccine.

Presently, there is no known cure for Hepatitis B. Hence the best way to prevent Hepatitis B is by getting the Hepatitis B vaccine. Presently, Hepatitis B vaccination is given to all children born in Singapore.

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