Hepatitis B

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B is hepatitis caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with infected blood. Specifically, hepatitis B may be spread through: Direct contact with the blood of an infected person Unprotected sexual activity with an infected person Needle sharing among intravenous drug users Sharing razors or other personal items with an infected person Being pierced or tattooed with contaminated instruments Blood transfusions (extremely rare in the United States because of improved testing) Childbirth, when the virus is passed from mother to child
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