Hepatitis B

Who Is At Risk for Hepatitis B?

The following people are at increased risk for contracting Hepatitis B:

  • People who received blood or a blood-product transfusion prior to 1975
  • Hospital or other healthcare facility workers
  • Live-in family members and roommates of an infected person
  • Current or former intravenous drug users
  • People who have acquired a tattoo or had a body piercing with an infected needle
  • Sex partners of infected people
  • Travelers to countries where HBV is epidemic
  • People who were born to a mother infected with HBV and were not vaccinated
  • Organ transplant recipients who received an infected organ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Hepatitis B Information for the Public" http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/B/index.htm Retrieved February 10, 2011

Dolan, Mathew, The Hepatitis Handbook. North Atlantic Books, 1999.

Palmer, MD, Melissa. Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease. New York: Avery Trade, 2004.

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