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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver. It is not caught by simply being near to someone with the disease, like many infections. Hepatitis B can only be caught – with rare exceptions – from infected blood or through sexual contact. The largest risk factors are injecting drug use and men who have sex with men. Though common in many parts of the world, it is rare in the UK, where fewer than ten children catch the disease in most years. Most people who catch the disease make a complete recovery, but some will go on to develop serious disease or liver cancer.