What education should be given to patients with acute or chronic hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B)?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with acute and chronic HBV infections should be advised that this is a blood-borne disease that can be transmitted during sexual intercourse or at the time of childbirth. Prophylaxis is strongly advised. Family members borne by the same parents should also be checked for HBV infection. The best preventative measurement is vaccination. [1]

For patient education information, see Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Cirrhosis; Liver Cancer; Immunization Schedule, Adults; and Immunization Schedule, Children.


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