Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that infects and can damage the liver. It is passed from one person to another through blood, semen or vaginal fluids.

Most people with chronic hepatitis B were infected during childbirth, in an area of the world where hepatitis B is common.

To connect with other people searching for help, check out the Hep Free NYC network of patients and providers.

Free and Low-cost Testing and Treatment

These locations offer free and low-cost hepatitis B testing and treatment, as well as patient navigators who can provide support for you throughout the process.

These facilities do not accept walk-in visits. You must call or email to make an appointment.

For more locations in the city offering hepatitis B testing and treatment, search the NYC Health Map.


  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center Family Wellness Center
    (347) 326-2075
    1281 Franklin Avenue


  • Seventh Avenue Family Health Center at NYU Langone
    (718) 210-1030
    5008 7th Avenue


  • Charles B Wang Community Health Center — Manhattan
    (212) 379-6996
    268 Canal Street

  • Bellevue Hospital Center — Hepatitis Clinic
    (212) 263-6804
    462 First Avenue


  • Charles B Wang Community Health Center — Flushing
    (718) 886-1200
    136-26 37th Avenue, Flushing

Staten Island

  • Brightpoint Health
    (855) 681-8700
    57 Bay Street

Prevention and Care

The best way to avoid hepatitis B is to get vaccinated. The hepatitis B vaccine series is recommended for all infants starting at birth. The vaccine is required for children entering school in the city.

Some adults are at risk for getting hepatitis B. It is especially important to get vaccinated if:

  • You live with someone with hepatitis B
  • You inject drugs
  • You work in health care, public safety or a long-term care facility and are exposed to blood or body fluids
  • You have had sexual contact (oral, vaginal or anal) with a person who has hepatitis B
  • You are a man who has sex with man
  • You have multiple sex partners
  • You are on dialysis
  • You are traveling to a country where hepatitis B is common

To learn how and where to get tested or vaccinated for hepatitis B:

If you think you have been recently exposed to hepatitis B, you can get a shot that can prevent infection. For more information, talk to your doctor or go to a local emergency room.

There are two phases of a hepatitis B infection:

  • Acute hepatitis B is a new infection. Most healthy adults will not display any symptoms and will be rid of the infection within six months. If your body successfully fights off hepatitis B, you will become immune for life.
  • Chronic hepatitis B is a lifelong infection. Children and people with weakened immune systems are most likely to develop a chronic infection. This is why it is required by law for pregnant women to get tested, so their infants can receive preventative care and vaccination starting just after birth.

Chronic hepatitis B can cause permanent damage to the liver, leading to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.

You can help manage this disease by keeping your liver healthy. You should avoid alcohol and maintain a healthy diet and body weight.

You can prevent passing along hepatitis B by making sure other people do not come into contact with your blood or sexual fluids. Cover any cut in your skin and do not share personal items, such as toothbrushes, razors or sex toys. Do not share needles or other medical or injection supplies. Use condoms when you have sex.

If you are living with chronic hepatitis B, you should talk to your doctor about treatment options. They may prescribe an anti-viral pill for you to take regularly that can slow the progression of liver disease.

You can find low-cost care and treatment for hepatitis B using our NYC Health Map.

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