Just found out?
So you've just been diagnosed with Hepatitis B.
If you’ve just been told you have the Hepatitis B virus, you’ve come to the right place for help and information about Hepatitis B that you and your family and friends may need to know.
We understand you may feel shocked and upset, but it’s not all bad news. So firstly, let’s look at the positives.
- Depending on when you were infected (childhood versus adulthood) it is possible that your body may clear the virus naturally. People infected as adults have a 95% chance of clearing the virus naturally. If you clear the virus naturally, you become immune and cannot become reinfected.
- Many of the people who develop a chronic (long term) infection have no signs of liver damage and live long and healthy lives with the virus.
- You are not alone. It is estimated that 9,000 people in Scotland are chronically infected with Hepatitis B (Health Protection Scotland). Of those just over half are still undiagnosed.
- If you develop a chronic (long term) infection, there are treatments which can slow down the progress of the disease
- You can help yourself in terms of living with Hepatitis B and slow down the progress of the disease.
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Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework
The Scottish Government has published the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework to tackle Hepatitis B in Scotland.
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