There’s no cure for hepatitis B, but it usually goes away by itself in 4 to 8 weeks. Getting the hepatitis B vaccine is a safe and really effective way to prevent hepatitis B.
If you have hepatitis B, your baby can get hepatitis B during childbirth. Newborns with hepatitis B are more likely to develop chronic (long term) infection, unless they get treated within 12-24 hours after birth. It’s important for you to get tested for hepatitis B while you’re pregnant. Your nurse or doctor, like the staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center, can test you for hepatitis B and other STDs during your regular prenatal appointments. If your doctor or nurse doesn’t offer hepatitis B testing, you can always ask for it.
The hepatitis B vaccine is totally safe for most people. Most babies, kids, and adults have no problems at all when they get the vaccine. You can get the hepatitis B vaccine at your doctor’s office, a community health clinic, the health department, and your local Planned Parenthood health center.