Hepatitis B - Who is at risk?

The risk of infection is significantly reduced in those who are adequately vaccinated against hepatitis B.7  However, those who are not immune to the disease are at risk of infection if they come into contact with infected body fluids (blood, mucus and saliva).4  Certain situations or activities may increase the risk of contact with infected body fluids, including:4

  • skin piercing activities such as tattooing, piercing and acupuncture
  • injuries/accidents requiring a visit to a clinic or hospital or blood transfusion
  • manicures/pedicure
  • sharing personal grooming items such as razor blades, toothbrushes and earrings
  • sharing needles
  • unprotected sex with a new partner

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