JULY 28th is World Hepatitis Awareness Day. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of knowing your hepatitis status and to spread the word about treatment.
Hepatitis B (HBV) is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that is preventable with a vaccine. It is commonly spread by exposure to infected body fluids.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. The most common way to contract it is by coming into contact with the blood of someone who has it. many people who have it live years without feeling sick. The main complication of chronic HCV is liver damage. early diagnosis can prevent liver damage, if left untreated it can be fatal.
Key Points to Remember:
Hepatitis A and B have vaccines.
Hepatitis C doesn't have a vaccine but people can avoid exposure to the virus.
Everyone ages 18-79 should be tested for HCV at least once.
Early diagnosis and treatment can improve a person's outlook and prevent liver damage.