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Hepatitis B Follow Up

To help keep you healthy longer and protect others from getting hepatitis B infection, your health care provider may recommend certain lifestyle changes such as:

Using condoms. If you have hepatitis B, use latex condoms correctly and every time you have sex. Be sure to tell your sexual partner(s) that you have hepatitis B.

Eliminating alcohol consumption. Alcohol speeds the progression of liver disease.

Avoiding medications that may cause liver damage. Do not take over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), certain prescription drugs, or vitamins and nutritional supplements without first consulting your health care provider.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Be sure you exercise regularly, get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet that emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Preventing others from coming in contact with your blood. Cover any wounds you may have and don't share razors or toothbrushes. Don't donate blood, body organs or semen, and advise health care workers that you have the hepatitis B.

Ceasing injectable drug use. If you shoot drugs, stop and get into a treatment program. If you can't stop, never share needles, and get vaccinated against hepatitis A & B.

Protecting your children. If you are pregnant and have hepatitis B or think you might, get tested. Infants born to hepatitis B infected mothers can be given hepatitis B immune globulin and vaccine within 12 hours of birth to help prevent them from getting the virus.