How is Hepatitis B treated?

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.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. Acute HBV will resolve itself within six months; chronic HBV is generally a life-long condition.

Type of Infection

Viral. The Hepatitis B virus infects the liver.

How is treated?

Antiviral Medicine. A single dose of Azithromycin or seven daily doses of Doxycycline.

Recovery Time

Upto 6 Months. An acute case of HBV is usually over within six months.

Can I have sex?

No. It is recommended that sexual intercourse is avoided until you are free from the disease.

Can I get re-infected?

No. Once you have had an acute HBV infection, you cannot get it again, though you can still contract other types of hepatitis.