Viral Hepatitis

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Viral hepatitis refers to a collection of very different viruses that can all affect the liver. There are three main hepatitis viruses: hepatitis A, B and C.

Hepatitis A: Basic Information

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is spread through fecal/oral contact when fecal matter infected with hepatitis A enters the body through the mouth. The most common way to get hepatitis A is through close personal contact or through contaminated food and water. Hepatitis A an acute or short term disease and there is a vaccine available to prevent infection.

Hepatitis B: Basic Information

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is spread through blood and other bodily fluids. The most common way to get hepatitis B is through unprotected sex or from mother to baby. Hepatitis B is usually an acute or short term disease though some people develop chronic, or long term hepatitis B. There is a vaccine available to prevent infection.

Hepatitis C: Basic Information

Hepatitis C virus is spread through direct blood-to-blood contact. The most common way to get hepatitis C is through sharing injection drug use equipment or getting a blood transfusion prior to 1992. Hepatitis C is usually a chronic, or long term infection and there is no vaccine available to protect against hepatitis C.

HFH Take That LogoFor more information on viral hepatitis in Hawaii, go to www.hepfreehawaii.org.

 

Updated May 18, 2015