The following tips can help you protect yourself against
hepatitis B virus (HBV).
vaccinated(What is a
against HBV if you are at risk of becoming infected.
Have your children vaccinated against HBV.
have sex with someone who is or might be infected with HBV. If you do have
sexual intercourse with someone who is infected with HBV (or whose sexual
history is unknown to you), use condoms correctly and all the
If you inject drugs (prescription or illegal), do not share
with anyone else the needles and/or equipment used to prepare
Health care workers should practice standard precautions and
promptly report to the occupational health department all incidents with needle
sticks or other sharp instruments.
Members of ethnic groups at high
risk for hepatitis B should be vaccinated. These include Chinese, Koreans,
Indochinese, Filipinos, Alaska Natives, and Haitians. Asian Americans are also
at increased risk for hepatitis B, because they are more likely to have a
household member infected with hepatitis B.
If you live with
someone who has long-term (chronic) HBV infection, you should be vaccinated
against hepatitis B.
If you get a tattoo, make sure the needles used have been properly cleaned and are sterile.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerW. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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