Symptoms show up 1-9 months after contact with the hepatitis B virus.
- Flu-like feelings that don't go away
- Jaundice (yellow skin)
- Dark urine and light colored bowel movements
- Not everyone who is infected will show symptoms
How is it spread?
- Vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected individual
- Sharing needles (for shooting drugs, tattooing, or body piercing)
- Contact with infected blood
Some people recover completely from hepatitis B, but others may suffer permanent liver damage or liver cancer. A mother with hepatitis can give it to her baby during childbirth. A vaccine is now available for hepatitis B.
More information http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/