Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), and liver failure.  Although there is no cure for Hepatitis B, treatment and vaccines are available.

The Hepatitis B virus spreads through:

  • infected body fluids, such as blood, saliva, semen, vaginal fluids, tears and urine
  • a contaminated blood transfusion (uncommon in the United States)
  • shared contaminated needles or syringes for injecting drugs
  • sexual activity with an HBV-infected person
  • transmission from HBV-infected mothers to their newborn babies


To learn more about Hepatitis B, please go to these links:

   Louisiana Hepatitis B Public Information                     CDC-Hepatitis B Public Information
   Hepatitis B Questions and Answers                                 CDC-Hepatitis B Fact Sheet
                                                                                                               CDC-Hepatitis B for Health Professionals
   Hepatitis B Summary                                                        
   Hepatitis B Podcasts

   Recommendations for Identification & Public Health Management of Persons with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus

   Louisiana's Perinatal Hepatitis B Program

   Annual Report - Hepatitis B - Louisiana

   Hepatitis Websites
   The Difference Between Hepatitis A, B and C


Primary Contact Information

Louisiana Hepaitis Coordinator: Megan Jespersen, MPH
1450 Poydras Street, Ste. 1645A
New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: (504) 568-8309
 Fax: (504) 568-8290
 Email: megan.jespersen@la.gov 

     (All contact information is treated confidentially)