Infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is one of the most common types of hepatitis worldwide. Chronic hepatitis B can lead to cirrhosis (scarring and dysfunction of the liver), liver cancer, liver failure, and death. NewYork-Presbyterian Queens' liver specialists are experts in the care of people with hepatitis B, offering the latest medications and monitoring techniques.
Hepatitis B Prevention and Treatment
If you are at risk for hepatitis B, there is a vaccine you can receive to prevent it. Hepatitis B may require therapy with antiviral medications such as entecavir or tenofovir. The drugs used today to treat HBV are targeted therapies that work by slowing the ability of the virus to multiply.
Your team will also assess you periodically to determine if your disease is getting worse and see if you have liver damage, and tailor your care appropriately.