You can stop the spread of the virus by using a new external (male) or internal (female) condom or dental dam every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex. You should cover sex toys with a new condom and wash with soap and water after use. It’s also a good idea to use latex gloves and wash your hands after touching someone’s anus (bottom) or handling used condoms and sex toys.
Taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the contraceptive pill or any other type of contraception – apart from condoms – won’t protect you from hepatitis B and other STIs.
Having regular STI tests is one of the best ways to look after your sexual health. If you are having sex with multiple partners, it’s even more important to use condoms and get tested regularly, even if you don’t have any symptoms.
You should never share needles and syringes or other items that may be contaminated with blood, such as razors. Only have tattoos, body piercings or acupuncture in a professional setting, and make sure new, sterile needles are used.
Getting vaccinated is a good idea if you think you may be at risk.