Peer Health

Hepatitis B

Caused by the Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis B is the most common contagious liver disease. Although not commonly thought of as an STD, this potentially fatal disease can be spread sexually. Symptoms occur 1-6 months after exposure and include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tenderness in the upper right abdomen, low-grade fever, sore muscles and joints, an altered sense of taste and smell, malaise and jaundice. Hepatitis B can be treated. More importantly, there is a vaccine against Hepatitis B which is recommended for all college students. The vaccination consists of three shots and is available through the Health Center.