Prevention for hepatitis

Hi everyone, is there emergency drug which one can take in a situation were they have been exposed to hepatitis through unprotected sex, blood or any body fluid.
How long is the prevention can one take

Hi @Stephen1520,
Yes, the HBV vaccine and hepatitis B Immune globulin can be used for a post exposure incidence where the person is unvaccinated against HBV. But it must be done immediately (24-48 hours) after exposure. I am not aware of a drug for this situation. With the vaccine it is either a 3 series or 2 and it all must be completed at certain time intervals. I hope this is helpful. Thanks, Bansah1.

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Very helpful and thank you for your quick response :pray:

And the 3 shots are administered over an 8-12month period before immunity is maximized. I’m hearing people get tested every 5-10yrs and top up there resistance if the protection count is losing efficacy.
Haven’t heard of a miracle pill yet…we can only hope, eh!?


Certainly, it’s crucial to address concerns about potential exposure to hepatitis promptly. In situations where there’s a risk of hepatitis exposure through unprotected sex, blood, or bodily fluids, it’s essential to seek medical attention immediately. While there isn’t an emergency drug specifically for preventing hepatitis after exposure, there are preventive measures that healthcare providers may recommend, such as:

  1. Hepatitis B Vaccine: If you haven’t been vaccinated against hepatitis B, receiving the vaccine within 24 hours of exposure can help prevent infection. Even if you’ve previously received the vaccine but are unsure of your immunity status, a booster dose may be recommended.
  2. Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG): In certain high-risk situations, such as exposure to hepatitis B through a known infected source, healthcare providers may administer HBIG along with the hepatitis B vaccine for added protection. HBIG contains antibodies that can provide immediate but temporary immunity.
  3. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP): While there isn’t a specific PEP regimen for hepatitis B or hepatitis C like there is for HIV, healthcare providers may consider PEP in certain circumstances, especially if there’s a risk of co-infection with HIV.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of these preventive measures depends on various factors, including the timing of exposure, the specific hepatitis virus involved, and individual health factors. Therefore, seeking medical advice promptly is critical.

As for the duration of preventive measures, healthcare providers will assess each case individually based on factors such as the type of exposure, the risk of transmission, and the individual’s medical history. In some cases, additional testing and follow-up may be necessary to monitor for infection.

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