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Practice safe sex (use a condom), and don’t share personal items that may have trace amounts of blood on them.

Also, you can suggest that your family members get screened for hepatitis B and vaccinated if needed.

Immunization with the hepatitis B vaccine and hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG), if available, within 12 to 24 hours of birth can break this mother-to-child infection cycle, but the birth vaccine dose and often HBIG is not always available around the world. When we’re infected with HBV as healthy adults, about 90 percent of us are able to get rid of the infection within six months.

It can take up to six months for our immune systems to generate antibodies and eradicate the infection in our liver.

It is rare that you require medication to get rid of the virus, your immune system does that for you.

A person with a new hepatitis B infection may not have any symptoms, or they may not be very notable. About 70 percent of people newly-infected with hepatitis B never experience symptoms.

If you can’t confirm you were infected as a child, you will need to wait the six months to find out if you cleared your infection.