Hepatitis B is a kind of liver infection. There is no cure, but the infection usually goes away on its own. There is a vaccine available.

Street Name: Heppie B, Hep B

How you get it: Hepatitis B is transmitted in the exchange of blood, semen, vaginal fluids and urine through sex without a condom, sharing any form of needles, unprotected oral sex, having unprotected oral sex, sharing toothbrushes and razors.

Symptoms: After three months of infection signs may include abdominal pain, dark urine, fever, joint pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, feeling of weakness, yellowing of skin and eyes.

Treatment/ Relief: You can begin treatment within 24 hours after coming into contact with the virus. ┬áSimpler cases or acute hepatitis goes away on its own – treatment is not necessary. There is an injection for more serious cases. Long term treatments include antiviral medications or liver transplants depending on the seriousness of the infection.

Stats:Approximately 45,000 American women, men, and children become infected with Hepatitis B each year. Most of these infections occur among people who are age 20 to 49.

What should you know:

Acute hepatitis B is a short term illness. Chronic hepatitis B is more serious and can  lead to long-term health issues, as well as death.

How does this impact pregnancy?

Hepatitis B can be passed from mother to child. If you are pregnant make sure you get tested. There are successful treatment for infants born to women with untreated Hepatitis B.