Do You Have Hepatitis B?
People who are at a higher risk for hepatitis B include those who:
- Were born in or have a parent who was born in Asia or other high-risk areas such as sub-Saharan Africa
- Share IV drug needles
- Have sex with a person who is infected
- Have received a blood transfusion before implementation of universal screening in the late 1970s and '80s
- Have never been screened or vaccinated for hepatitis B
If you have an increased risk of hepatitis B due to job, lifestyle choices, or contact with an infected family member at home, you should get the hepatitis B vaccine. If you think you may already be infected, schedule a screening as soon as possible.