Who is at risk of Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood or bodily fluid of an infected person. About 100,000 people in New Zealand are chronically infected with hepatitis B.

Those most at risk of hepatitis B are people who:

  • Are of Māori, Pacific Island, or Asian ethnicity over the age of 25 years
  • Were born outside New Zealand
  • Have a mother or close family member has hepatitis B
  • Live with someone who has hepatitis B
  • Have ever had unprotected sexual contact with an HBV person
  • Have ever injected drugs (once is enough)
  • Have received a tattoo using unsterile equipment.

Testing is very important as the virus often begins damaging the liver before any symptoms appear. With regular monitoring, hepatitis B can be successfully managed.

Talk to your doctor about getting tested.


© The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand 2016