Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver can range from being a mild illness or a very serious, lifelong condition.

Q: How is Hepatitis B Spread?
A:
The virus is generally spread from body fluids such as blood, semen or other body fluids from an infected person which then enters the body of a non-infected person. Some of the most common means of transmission may occur through the sharing of needles, syringes, or other equipment used to inject drugs. You may also contract the disease through having unprotected sex (without a condom) with an infected person. Hepatitis may also be spread from the mother to an infant through the birth process.

Q: What are symptoms of Hepatitis B?
A:
Feelings of extreme tiredness, fever, feeling nauseous, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice (yellow eyes or skin)

There is a vaccination for Hepatitis B, and if you think you have been exposed to the virus you should visit your doctor to obtain a blood test for Hepatitis B.