Hepatitis B (HBV, Hep B)

  • Medical Author:
    Mary D. Nettleman, MD, MS, MACP

    Mary D. Nettleman, MD, MS, MACP is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Michigan State University. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Indiana University.

  • Medical Author: Mohamad El Mortada, MD
  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Quick GuideHepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis A: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis A: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

What is new in the treatment of hepatitis B?

New agents are under development to treat hepatitis B. Many of these are nucleoside/nucleotide analogues that investigators hope will be more effective than older agents. Experts also are working on treatment guidelines and the use of multi-drug therapy. Vaccination remains the key to preventing hepatitis B and holds the most promise for reducing disease burden.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Viral Hepatitis FAQs for the Public," January 15, 2009
Previous contributing medical author and editor: Tse-Ling Fong, MD and Leslie J. Schoenfield, M.D., Ph.D.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/29/2016

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