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Showing signs of Hepatitis? Visit AFC Urgent Care today for Hepatitis Testing with results back in 3-4 business days. Find us on West Walnut Avenue next to Starbucks.

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What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is liver inflammation caused by a viral infection. Several different viruses cause this infection, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. These viruses are transmitted through various routes, such as contaminated food or water, blood or sexual contact. Hepatitis can range from a mild illness with no symptoms to a severe condition that can lead to liver failure and even death. It is important to recognize the symptoms of hepatitis and seek medical attention if necessary, as early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve outcomes.

Hepatitis Symptoms

  • Fatigue and weakness. Feeling tired or weak is a common symptom experienced by people with hepatitis.
  • Jaundice. Yellowing of the skin and eyes due to the buildup of bilirubin, a pigment produced by the liver. This occurs because the liver is unable to process bilirubin effectively.
  • Nausea and vomiting. Many people with hepatitis experience nausea and may vomit.
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort. Pain or discomfort may be felt in the upper right side of the abdomen where the liver is located.
  • Dark urine. Urine may become darker in color due to the presence of bilirubin.
  • Pale-colored stool. Stool may appear light or clay-colored due to reduced bile production.

It’s important to note that not everyone with hepatitis will experience all of these symptoms, and some people may have mild or no symptoms at all. Additionally, some symptoms may be more prominent in certain types of hepatitis. If you suspect you have hepatitis or experience these symptoms, it’s essential to get tested. Even if your test comes back negative, you can have peace of mind that your liver isn’t infected.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a severe infection that can result from exposure to contaminated fecal matter on surfaces, food, or beverages. This is a common occurrence in unsanitary environments. Some individuals may display symptoms shortly after exposure, while others may remain asymptomatic for years. Fortunately, a vaccine is available to prevent infection, but there is no cure.

People at Risk for Hepatitis A

When traveling to regions with high infection rates, it is important to be aware of the increased risk of exposure to the hepatitis A virus. To minimize your chances of infection, it is recommended that you avoid drinking tap water and consuming raw food while in these areas. Additionally, individuals who work in daycare settings or attend school may be at a higher risk of exposure if proper sanitation measures are not maintained.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is the primary cause of liver cancer for most people. Babies who have not been immunized and are infected with the virus are especially vulnerable, as more than 90% of them will develop chronic liver problems for the rest of their lives. Hepatitis B can be transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, or vaginal fluid during sexual activity with an infected person. There is a vaccine that can effectively prevent the virus, although it cannot be cured.

People at Risk for Hepatitis B

If you have multiple sexual partners without using protection, you are at a greater risk of contracting hepatitis B. Injecting illegal drugs also puts you at a high risk. Healthcare personnel who are exposed to infected individuals should always wear the necessary protective equipment to minimize the risk of exposure and contact with hepatitis B.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is typically transmitted through traces of contaminated blood on non-sterile syringes and needles, which can occur during drug injection, a contaminated tattoo needle, or transmission from an infected mother to her infant. While sexual transmission is a possibility, it is not common. Currently, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, but there are viable treatment options.

People at Risk for Hepatitis C

If you have ever used illicit drugs, there is a risk that you may have contracted hepatitis C, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Additionally, those who received a blood transfusion prior to 1992 may also be susceptible to this strain of hepatitis, as donors were not tested for it at that time.

Is Hepatitis considered an STD?

Hepatitis is categorized as an STD due to its frequent transmission during sexual intercourse. While all types of hepatitis can be dangerous and transmissible, hepatitis B is the most severe strain transmitted during sexual intercourse. This strain is transmitted through seminal and vaginal secretions, not simply blood or unclean objects as with other strains.

When it comes to sex, safety should always be top of mind. Protect yourself and your partners by using safe sex practices to prevent the spread of the virus, especially if you’re sexually active with multiple partners.

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