How can I help?
There are many things you can do to support someone who is diagnosed with Hepatitis B.
Help upon diagnosis
If someone you know is diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis B some support may be needed. The way that chronic Hepatitis B affects people varies from person to person. Some people will never get sick and some people will not suffer liver damage. For most people it is a very manageable condition. However, if someone is suffering from liver damage caused by the virus then they may be put onto treatment to slow the progression of the disease. People can also make lifestyle changes to slow progression of liver disease.
Help during treatment
If someone with chronic Hepatitis B infection is recommended to start treatment because the virus is causing liver damage there are several different treatments they may be prescribed. Many people will not experience symptoms of the virus itself but they may experience side effects caused by the treatment. These can include fatigue, nausea, flu like aches and pains, exhaustion, anxiety and depression.
Support for families and carers
Depending on the nature of someone’s infection or treatment, supporting them may at times feel quite demanding. You can contact a support organisation or helpline to speak to someone.