Chronic hepatitis B phases
When you are diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis B it is very important that you see your GP or liver specialist regularly for monitoring, usually every six months. Hepatitis B can progress to cirrhosis (liver scarring), liver cancer and liver failure, so knowing what is happening in your liver is important for staying healthy and well. Understanding the phases of Hepatitis B and knowing what phase you are in will determine whether you need to consider treatment (antiviral therapy). When reading this factsheet think of the Hepatitis B bear as the Hepatitis B virus. Also, remember that you might move between phases and not necessarily from phase 1 to phase 2 to phase 3.