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Should I get tested?

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. Left unmanaged, hepatitis B can lead to serious liver disease such as liver failure and liver cancer.

There are 226,000 Australians living with hepatitis B, including 12,000 in South Australia.

2 in 5 Australians with hepatitis B don't know they have it.

You may have hepatitis B and not realise it. The Hepatitis B virus is carried in the blood and in body fluids. Most people with chronic hepatitis B got it during birth from mothers who had hepatitis B, with people from regions of high prevalence at greater risk.

High prevalence regions include:

  • East Asia
  • South East Asia
  • Remote Aboriginal communities
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Parts of South America

You can also get hepatitis B from:

  • unprotected sex with someone with hepatitis B.
  • open cuts or wounds that have been exposed to the blood of someone with the virus.
  • medical, dental, tattooing, body art, or cosmetic procedures with unsterile equipment, especially in regions of high prevalence.

Consider getting tested if you don't know whether you have hepatitis B and:

  • you or your family come from a region of high prevalence, or
  • someone in your family or household has hepatitis B.

For more information on hepatitis B testing visit our Hepatitis B Testing page.

How do I get tested?

Ask your doctor for a test.

If you have hepatitis B and your family members have not been tested or vaccinated, talk to your doctor about testing for your family.

If you need help finding a GP, call Hepatitis SA on 1800 437 222 for a referral.

Should I get vaccinated?

The best protection against hepatitis B is vaccination. It is safe and effective.

If a family member or someone in your household has hepatitis B and your hepatitis B test results show that you are not immune, talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated. It should be free for you.

If you are a health worker involved in exposure prone procedures, chances are you've already been tested and vaccinated if not already immune. If you haven't, speak to your GP.

A complete course of hepatitis B vaccination consists of three doses given over a period of six months.

Hepatitis B vaccination in South Australia is free for people considered to be high risk. These include the homeless, sex workers, people living with someone with hepatitis B, people with HIV and other chronic liver disease, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To see the full list of who is eligible for free vaccination under the High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program, visit the SA Health website.

For more information on hepatitis B vaccination visit our Hepatitis B Vaccination & Prevention page.

How do I get vaccinated?

Ask your doctor about getting vaccinated.

If you need help finding a GP, call Hepatitis SA on 1800 437 222 for a referral.

Visit the SA Health website to see if you are eligible for a free hep B vaccination in South Australia.

Hepatitis B Treatment

While there is currently no cure for hepatitis B, treatments exist that can help manage the disease.

Not everyone with chronic hepatitis B needs treatment, but disease condition can change rapidly. Hepatitis B drugs work best at certain stages of the disease, and if you have hepatitis B you will need six-monthly tests to monitor the virus and find out if treatment is needed.

With regular monitoring and treatment as needed, most people with hepatitis B live normal, healthy lives.

Hepatitis B monitoring is managed best by specialists or accredited general practitioners. If you have hepatitis B and are not being monitored regularly, you should consider starting.

You can also search for a HBV Prescriber near you by visiting the ASHM locator map or use the map below to find South Australian HBV Prescribers.

For more information on hepatitis B treatment visit our Hepatitis B Treatment page.

How do I start getting monitored?

Ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist or talk to a HBV GP Prescriber.

If you need help finding an understanding GP, call Hepatitis SA on 1800 437 222 for a referral.

Chinese speakers can access the Hepatitis SA Chinese language information service by phone or WeChat on 0403 648 348.

Information for GPs

General Practitioners can prescribe and manage the treatment of hepatitis B upon completion of the Hepatitis B Community s100 Prescriber Program.

The HBV Prescriber Program enables GPs to prescribe Highly Specialised Drugs (HSDs) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and is available in all states and territories across Australia. Accredited prescribers are able to initiate treatment and the medicines can be dispensed in the community.

Expressions of interest and general enquiries can be directed to ASHM at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the HBV Prescriber Program visit the ASHM website.

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