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      09.08.2002 02:00
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      Hepatitis B, is a virus that infects you liver. It is very strong and spreads fast. You can get Hepatitis B from: 1) Contact with the blood, semen, vaginal or items contaminated by these body fluids. 2) Sex with an infected persons. 3) Sharing needles. If you are having sex you can get Hepatitis B you can postpone or avoid sexual contact. If you choose to have sex, always use a condom! And get the Hepatitis B vaccine. If you are sharing needles, you can get Hepatitis B from other people's used needles. Even people who look healthy could have Hepatitis B. If you are pregnant you can pass Hepatitis B to your unborn baby through your blood. See your doctor right away if you get pregnant. Your baby can be protected. WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET HEP B? Almost everyone develops antibodies to fight the virus. Some don't, and a very few don't survive the first attack. Protect yourself! To stay safe, get the Hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine is more than 90% effective. The vaccine is safe, it will prevent Hepatitis B. To be protected, you need three shots of vaccine. People who have allergies to yeast, mercury, or aluminium, and pregnant woman. If you are infected with Hep B, here's how you can protect yourself and others: 1) Cover sores and cuts 2) Don't give blood, tissue or sperm 3) Don't share toothbrushes, razors etc 4) Wash your hands often 5) Soak blood-stained clothing in cold water and wash seperately in hot soapy water. 6) Wash dishes in hot soapy water or use a dishwasher. To prevent Hepatitis B: Tell your sexual partner(s) and people you live with to get the Hepatitis B vaccine. Vaccine will protect them from getting the Hepatitis B virus. Contact the Health Department or your family doctor for vaccine.

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      It is a viral infection with clinical manifestations including anorexia, abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting, often progressing to jaundice. The prevalence of chronic HBV infection is high in all socioeconomic groups in certain areas: all of Africa,