Hepatitis D Prevention
The most effective approach to preventing hepatitis D is to get the hepatitis B vaccine. This is because a person cannot develop hepatitis D unless he or she already has hepatitis B. Besides the hepatitis B vaccine, there is also a combination vaccine for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Another approach to hepatitis D prevention is avoiding high-risk behaviors such as shooting drugs or sharing toothbrushes, razors, nail clippers, washcloths, or anything else that could have an infected person's blood on it.
Hepatitis D Prevention SuggestionsHepatitis D is an infection caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV). It is most commonly spread through contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids, such as semen, vaginal fluids, or saliva.
There are a number of ways to prevent a hepatitis D infection. The best way to protect yourself from hepatitis D is to get the hepatitis B vaccine and avoid high-risk behaviors.
Hepatitis D Prevention -- The Hepatitis B VaccineThe best way to prevent hepatitis D is to get vaccinated for hepatitis B. This is because a person cannot get hepatitis D unless he or she has hepatitis B.
The hepatitis B vaccine is usually given through three injections over a period of six months. Candidates for hepatitis B vaccination can include the following groups of people:
- All girls and boys from 0 to 18 years old
- Anyone whose sex partner has chronic hepatitis D
- Men who have sex with men
- Someone who has recently been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- People with multiple sex partners
- Anyone who shoots drugs
- Someone who lives with a person who has chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis D
- People whose jobs expose them to human blood.
A combination vaccine exists for hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
(Click Hepatitis B Vaccine for more information.)