Whether or not a person has symptoms depends if they recently got hepatitis B, or have been living with it for many years. For acute hepatitis B, people usually feel sick for a few weeks to several months. Most adults with chronic hepatitis B remain symptom free for up to 30 years.
Although anyone can get hepatitis B, some people are at greater risk, such as those who: have sex with an infected person, have multiple sex partners, or inject drugs.
Vaccines and Testing
The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for sexually active adults and is safe and effective. The hepatitis B vaccine provides long term protection against the disease.
Among adults, Hepatitis B is usually spread through sexual contact and/or sharing needles, syringes or other drug-injection equipment. The best way to prevent hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated.
For acute hepatitis B, doctors usually recommend rest, adequate nutrition, fluids, and close medical monitoring. Those living with chronic hepatitis B infection are monitored on a regular basis for liver problems and may be treated with antiviral medication.