Hepatitis

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.

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