If you know you have been in contact with HBV, contact your doctor immediately to receive a shot of hepatitis B immune globulin. This injection can possibly prevent you from developing HBV. Additionally, you should receive the first vaccination shot at that time.

Chronic HBV may be left to monitoring as opposed to treatment, though antiviral medications can be useful:

  • Interferon
  • Telbivudine (Tyzeka)
  • Entecavir (Baraclude)
  • Lamivudine (Epivir-HBV)
  • Adefovir dipivoxil (Hepsera)

Severe liver damage, however, can only be treated through a liver transplant.

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Sexual Activity

It is important that you abstain from sexual intercourse while you have HBV.

Recovery Time

Chronic HBV will last a lifetime, and controlling progression of liver damage is the main concern. However, acute HBV generally resolves itself in less than six months.

Mark Riegel, MD
Mark Riegel, MD

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