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.
Acute hepatitis B can be caused by:
You have an increased risk of contracting hepatitis B if you:
Talk to your doctor about getting tested. 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.