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Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV).  Depending on the type of infection, the virus can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic).  The virus can be transmitted by blood, semen, or bodily fluid from an infected person with HBV to a non-infected person.  Transmission can occur through sexual contact, sharing of needles and syringes, sharing of razors or toothbrushes with an infected person, or from an infected mother to her baby at birth.  Signs and symptoms of HBV include: fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, jaundice, and joint pain.  Chronic infections of HBV can be treated with antiviral medications.  Routine lab monitoring should occur in order to evaluate liver damage. 
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Learn more about the medications that are available for the treatment of Hepatitis B.

Epivir (lamivudine)

Hepsera (adefovir)

Baraclude (entecavir)

Vemlidy (tenofovir)

Viread (tenofovir)

Additional Resources

Explore more information and resources about Hepatitis B:

Hepatitis B Foundation

Immunization Action Coalition

This information is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatments, or if you have questions regarding your medical condition. Although the information contained is intended to be accurate, Giant Eagle, Inc. does not assume any liability for information that is not accurate.