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Because hepatitis D needs hepatitis B to propagate, the best way you can prevent hepatitis D infection is to be vaccinated against hepatitis B.

However, there is no vaccine to prevent those who already have developed chronic hepatitis B from getting hepatitis D. The best course of action for hepatitis B carriers is to avoid the high-risk behaviors associated with hepatitis D superinfection, including:

  • Sex with an infected partner
  • Contact with the blood of an infected person
  • Sharing of needles, syringes, razors, or toothbrushes with an infected person

Last Updated October 02, 2009