About 95 per cent of adults who become infected with hepatitis B will clear the infection by themselves and require no ongoing treatment.
If you have long-term hepatitis B you should:
- Consult your doctor who will monitor your condition and, if necessary, refer you to a specialist.
- Ensure your partner and close contacts are immunised against hepatitis B.
- Completely cover any cut or wound with a waterproof dressing.
- Practice safe sex.
- Have safe levels of alcohol and eat a well-balanced, low fat diet.
If you have hepatitis B you should not:
- Share injecting equipment.
- Donate blood or body organs.
- Share personal items such as toothbrushes or razors.
Although there is no legal obligation to do so, you may wish to discuss your condition with your health care provider, for example, doctor, dentist, allied health or complementary health providers.