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:
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 or get a free test from The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand. Call 0800 33 20 10 or request a free test online.