World Hepatitis Day
Hepatitis is a condition that affects the liver causing it to become inflamed. The inflammation of the liver can lead to scarring, cancer or cirrhosis of the liver over time. The condition can be caused by a virus, an infection, substances such as alcohol or drugs, toxins, some medications, or by an autoimmune disease. There are different types of hepatitis (e.g., A-B-C-D-E).
Signs and Symptoms:
- Some cases have no signs or symptoms
- Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
Testing and Treatment:
It is important to be tested to determine if you have or have had hepatitis. Some people may need to have bloodwork done regularly to make sure the liver is healthy. Treatment for the condition can vary based on the type of hepatitis. In recent years, medication has become available to treat and cure hepatitis C for many people. There are vaccines available for hepatitis A and B.
World Hepatitis Day occurs every year on July 28th. This year, the theme is ‘Find the Missing Millions’ because worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis and are unaware they have the virus.1 The hope is to find the undiagnosed and link them to care in order to save lives. You can join in the efforts by encouraging people who have not been tested for hepatitis to talk to their health care practitioner to determine what is needed for them.
For more information click here to see the Hepatitis Health Promotion Activity Plan (HPAP):
References & Resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthline – Can Hepatitis C Be Cured
WebMD: A Visual Guide to Understanding Hepatitis