Hepatitis B

The Hepatitis B virus is common amongst certain high risk groups. This includes:

  • people from high-risk countries
    – sub-Saharan Africa
    – east and southeast Asia
    – the Pacific Islands
    – parts of South America
    – Eastern and central Europe
    – the Middle East
    – the Indian subcontinent
  • people who inject drugs
  • people who have unprotected sex with multiple sexual partners
  • People who pay for or are paid for sex
  • Men who have sex with menIt primarily affects a person’s liver. Hepatitis B is generally spread through blood and body fluids such as semen and vaginal fluids, so having unprotected sex and oral sex with an infected person will spread the virus. It is also spread through sharing needles.