Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B cells

Introduction

Hepatitis B is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis B virus which is transmissible by blood and sexual contact, as well as from mother to child at birth (unlike hepatitis C, which is strongly associated with risky injecting behaviour). The virus affects the liver by attaching to healthy liver cells and replicating. If not diagnosed and managed appropriately, hepatitis B infection can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer or liver failure.

 

You can explore the latest hepatitis B data from Australia in the data dashboard below.

These tables are interactive, allowing you to filter and present the data in detail.

  • Choose the population of interest from the drop down menus

  • Hover the mouse over the charts and tables to reveal further details.

  • These graphics are best viewed in full screen by clicking the box icon to the bottom-right of the tables.

  • You can export a PDF version of the selected view by clicking the download icon below the dashboard.

  • At the bottom of the page you will find a link to notification rate maps

Please note that the notification rates presented below are age standardised.

Source of data: National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System

Latest data
Notification rates by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status are only included if data provided by jurisdictions where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status was reported for ≥50% of diagnoses for each of the reported years.  The jurisdictions included in notifications rates by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status are listed by condition below:
  • Chlamydia: ACT, NT, Qld, SA and WA
  • Gonorrhoea: ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, VIC and WA
  • Infectious syphilis: All jurisdictions
  • Hepatitis B (newly acquired and unspecified): ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, VIC and WA
  • Hepatitis B (newly acquired only): NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, VIC and WA
  • Hepatitis C (newly acquired and unspecified): ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, VIC and WA
  • Hepatitis C (newly acquired only): All jurisdictions

 

What does this mean?

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