Is there a cure?

 

There is no medical cure for Hepatitis B.  However, there is a vaccine which can protect you from becoming infected with Hepatitis B.   Despite there being no medical cure for Hepatitis B infection, 95% of people who contract Hepatitis B as adults clear the virus from their bodies naturally within the first six months (acute phase) of the infection.  Once you have cleared Hepatitis B, you become immune and cannot be reinfected. Traces of the virus will remain in your blood for life but this does not mean that you still have the infection.

 

For those who progress onto a long term (chronic) infection, there are various treatments available that can slow the progression of the virus.  Some people may not need to be put onto treatment because the virus is not aggressively attacking their liver.  Disease progressioncan also be slowed by leading a healthy lifestyle and especially by avoiding alcohol.

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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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