Long Term Management of Hepatitis B

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Get screened for liver disease.


You probably have no symptoms and feel healthy, but are still at increased risk for liver damage or liver cancer.  However, regular screening and appropriate treatment can reduce this risk and help you lead a normal, healthy life.  


Don't rush into treatment

Not every person with chronic HBV infection needs treatment.  But if your ALT level is elevated, treatment with antiviral medication may be appropriate.  Even though there is no cure for hepatitis B, appropriate treatment can reduce the risk of liver cancer and failure.  Go to the Treatment section to read more.

Screens For



6 months

1 year

ALT blood test

AFP blood test


Liver cancer

Liver damage

Liver cancer

Get the hepatitis A vaccine

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver that is caused by a different virus known as HAV.  HAV is transmitted through contaminated food or water.  The hepatitis A vaccine will reduce the risk of further liver damage.

Avoid drinking alcohol

Alcohol is toxic to the liver and can accelerate the progression of liver damage to cirrhosis or liver failure.

Review all medications with your doctor

Even some over-the-counter or herbal medications can injure your liver.

Protect your loved ones

Make sure your family and partners are tested for HBV and vaccinated if they are not already protected.