An estimated 20 million Nigerians are currently living with hepatitis B virus (HBV), this means approximately 1 in 9 persons thus everyone is at risk of getting the hepatitis B virus.
How do you know if you are at risk
Persons at risk of hepatitis B fall into one of these categories;
– Live in a country with high prevalence (> 8%). Nigeria has an estimated prevalence of 13.6% thus everyone in Nigeria are at risk of hepatitis B, but some persons risk is higher.
-Households and sexual contacts of hepatitis B positive persons.
– Men who have sex with men.
– People Living with HIV.
– People with multiple sexual partners and/or history of sexually transmitted infections.
-Intravenous drug users.
What should I do if I fall into any of the above categories
You should determine your status by getting screened. The test detects the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and it takes less than 5 minutes to do. Visit here to book for your test.
I tested negative how do I get protected
If you did your test, and the result was negative, this means you are eligible for the vaccine. The benefit of the vaccine is that it keeps you safe and protected from contracting hepatitis B. The vaccines is administered at 3 different times within 3 or 6 months. To get vaccinated, book here our staff will come over to you at your comfort to administer your shot, and keep you reminded as regards your subsequent shots.
If you tested positive what next
You are diagnosed to have chronic hepatitis B, if after six months you still test positive for HBsAg, this means you have to be monitored and depending on the level of the virus in your system, liver biochemistry, and clinical manifestations you may be placed on medication and routine checks.