Cure for Hepatitis B

The best hepatitis B "cure" is preventing infection in the first place. Among the ways you can prevent the disease are by getting vaccinated and avoiding high-risk situations (such as unprotected sex and coming into contact infected blood). However, if infection with the hepatitis B virus has already occurred, the only cure for the condition is time -- eventually, the body is usually able to effectively kill the virus.

Is There a Cure for Hepatitis B?

When a person is infected with the hepatitis B virus, there is only one cure -- time. If signs and symptoms do occur, treatment is supportive, which means treating the symptoms and possible complications while the body fights the virus.
 
Fortunately, in most cases, the body is able to effectively kill the hepatitis B virus. In fact, most people who are infected virus never develop hepatitis B symptoms, or they develop minor symptoms. In most cases, there are no long-term effects.
 
For those who do develop long-term hepatitis B (known as chronic hepatitis B), medicines are available. While these medicines will not cure hepatitis B, they may lower virus levels in the body to an undetectable level. Medicine is not recommended for everyone who has a chronic infection.
 

Prevention Is the Best Hepatitis B Cure

The best hepatitis B cure is preventing it from happening in the first place. Methods to help prevent infection can include:
 
  • Getting vaccinated: The best way to prevent hepatitis B is to get vaccinated. The vaccine is highly effective and can keep you from ever getting the disease. It is given as a three-shot series. For infants, the first dose can be given shortly after birth.
     
  • Avoiding high-risk situations: This includes such things avoiding unprotected sex, as well as things that might have someone else's blood on them, such as a razor or toothbrush.
     
(Click Hepatitis B Prevention for more information about minimizing chances of infection. Click Hepatitis B Vaccine for more information on the vaccine.)
 

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