Hepatitis is the medical term for an inflammation of the liver. It is often caused by an infection with certain viruses. There are several types of hepatitis viruses, which are named using different letters: Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.
The hepatitis B virus is mainly spread through blood, but also through other body fluids. It is rare for people to become infected with hepatitis B in countries like Germany. In adults, hepatitis B usually goes away on its own and doesn’t have any long-term effects. Many people don’t even notice that they have it. But it can sometimes become chronic and eventually lead to serious health problems.