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Hepatitis B in Teens

Hepatitis B is a serious infection of the liver. It's caused by the hepatitis B virus. It can be mild and short-term. The hepatitis B virus is spread from person to person through blood and body fluids, such as blood, semen, vaginal secretions or saliva. Infants may also get the disease if they are born to a mother who has the virus.


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Frequently Asked Questions

About Hepatitis B

What is Hepatitis B?

How common is Hepatitis B?

How do I know if I have Hepatitis B?


Who is most likely to get Hepatitis B?

How do you get Hepatitis B?

How can I keep from getting Hepatitis B?

How can I keep from spreading Hepatitis B?


Can Hepatitis B be treated? How do I get rid of it?

What can happen if I don't get treatment for Hepatitis B?

How do I get tested for Hepatitis B?

How often should I get tested for Hepatitis B?

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Infectious Diseases Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Our Division of Infectious Diseases is the major referral center for infectious diseases in the Washington, D.C., area, helping thousands of young patients each year with contagious conditions. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Hepatitis B

Departments that Treat Hepatitis B

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Hepatology Program

Our Hepatology Program provides specialized diagnostic, evaluation and treatment services for children with a variety of liver diseases. The program is coordinated through the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.