Hepatitis B - serious but not necessary

Hepatitis B is serious infection of your liver.

What is hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a serious infection of your liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus (hbv).
You have this sexually transmitted infection (STI) without any complaints. The good news is you can easily protect yourself by getting a free vaccination at the GGD!

Hepatitis B is also known as 'jaundice'. The whites of your eyes turn yellow, as well as your skin.
Other symptoms can be:

  • Fatigue, (mild) fever, listlessness, nausea
  • Muscle and joint pain, inflammation of joints
  • Skin abnormalities
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine (tea coloured), occasional discoloured faeces

Without treatment it can lead to permanent liver damage or cancer of the liver.

How do I get it?

Hepatitis B is very contagious and mainly transmitted through vaginal and anal sex without a condom.
There is also risk of infection through oral sex - giving a blow job without a condom.

Hepatitis B infection can also occur via the blood, for example through drug use with dirty needles or syringes.
When you are pregnant, you can transmit the virus to your child.


How to prevent hepatitis B?

Work advice
When you have acute hepatitis B you will probably be too sick to work. When you have chronic hepatitis B always use a condom for vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Hepatitis B is very contagious. Consider to stop working in prostitution.
Prevent hepatitis B and get vaccinated!