Hepatitis B (hep B) is an infection that can cause serious damage to the liver. Without follow up from a doctor or proper treatment, up to one third of people with chronic hep B will develop liver failure or liver damage.
The most common way hep B is passed on around the world is at birth or during early childhood. This is the highest risk for people born in parts of the world where hep B is common like Asia, the Pacific Islands and Sub-Saharan Africa.
As an adult you can get the virus if you:
The only way to know if you have hep B, and how hep B is affecting your liver, is to have a blood test.
You should get a hep B test if you:
Your GP can give you a test. In some cases, you can also go to a community health centre or a sexual health clinic.
Knowing your status means you can
then make decisions about your health.