Been at risk – what next?
I might have been at risk. What should I do next?
If you do not have current vaccination against Hepatitis B and have recently been exposed to the blood or bodily fluids (e.g. have had unprotected sex) with someone who you know has Hepatitis B seek immediate medical help. You will be able to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine along with injections of Hepatitis B immunoglobulin which could prevent you from becoming infected even after the virus has entered the body. The more quickly you access this treatment (also known as PEP – Post Exposure Prophylaxis) the greater the likelihood that you will not become infected.
If you think there’s any possibility you may have been exposed to Hepatitis B in the more distant past, think about getting a test and make an appointment to talk to someone about testing such as your GP, nurse or other qualified professional at a testing service in your area.
You’ll be asked for information about how you may have been at risk, and how long ago this might have happened.
You’ll be given advice and information about Hepatitis B testing to consider. You can be assured of complete confidentiality in any discussions, tests and results you have.
This will let you know where you stand, so you can access your options, such as treatment, rather than live with the stress of not knowing.