About Hep B

Long-Term Management

An ultrasound detects a 1.2 cm tumor on the liver of patient chronically infected with hepatitis B. The tumor was successfully removed, and the patient did not have to receive any chemotherapy or radiation because he was proactive in obtaining an ultrasound once a year.

Long Term Management of Chronic Hep B

Get screened for liver disease

You probably have no symptoms and feel healthy, but are still at increased risk for liver damage or liver cancer.  However, regular screening and appropriate treatment can reduce this risk and help you lead a normal, healthy life.  Ask your doctor for the following tests:



Screens for

6 months

ALT blood test
AFP blood test

Liver damage
Liver cancer

1 year


Liver cancer

Don’t rush into treatment

Not every person with chronic HBV infection needs treatment.  But if your ALT level is elevated, treatment with antiviral medication may be appropriate.  Even though there is no cure for hepatitis B, appropriate treatment can reduce the risk of liver cancer and failure.  Go to the Treatment section to read more.

Get the hepatitis A vaccine
Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver that is caused by a different virus known as HAV.  HAV is transmitted through contaminated food or water.  The hepatitis A vaccine will reduce the risk of further liver damage.

Avoid drinking alcohol
Alcohol is toxic to the liver and can accelerate the progression of liver damage to cirrhosis or liver failure.

Review all medications with your doctor
Even some over-the-counter or herbal medications can injure your liver.

Protect your loved ones
Make sure your family and partners are tested for HBV and vaccinated if they are not already protected.