Hepatitis is a virus that infects the liver. There are several forms of the virus including Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Hepatitis B can be contracted through sexual contact or exposure to blood and body fluids. It is more difficult to be infected with Hepatitis C by having sex. It is most commonly spread by the sharing of needles and exposure to blood.
Symptoms of Hepatitis include:
- flu-like symptoms like nausea, vomiting, body aches, fever
- gray-colored feces (poop)
- yellow (jaundiced) skin and eyes
- abdominal pain
- painful joints
A vaccine is available to prevent Hepatitis B infections. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. Treatment may keep the virus under control, but it will not cure the disease. A blood test is needed to detect Hepatitis. Complications of Hepatitis include liver disease, liver failure and liver cancer.