Chronic hep B is a lifelong illness so it is important to have regular liver check-ups by your doctor.
Most people with chronic hep B do not have any symptoms, which means they may feel healthy and not be aware they are infected. Some people may experience symptoms.
These can include:
Hepatitis B (hep B) is an infection that can cause serious damage to the liver. Without follow up from a doctor or proper treatment, up to one third of people with chronic hep B will develop liver failure or liver damage.
Not everyone with hep B needs treatment, but everyone needs to have liver check-ups every 6 to 12 months. Chronic hep B is a disease that can change over time and start damaging your liver, even if you feel well – so it is important to have regular check-ups.
Hep B medication can reduce damage to your liver and reduce the risk of liver cancer. The doctor will tell you if you need medication. Regular check-ups will help you stay healthy.