World Hepatitis Day 2017: Who Is At Risk For Hepatitis?

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused due to a virus. While you may think that this disease is not so common, this World Hepatitis Day, the statistics say otherwise- viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of deaths globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year.

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World Hepatitis Day 2017: Who Is At Risk For Hepatitis?

World Hepatitis Day 2017: Who Is At Risk For Hepatitis


Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused due to a virus. While you may think that this disease is not so common, statistics say otherwise- viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of deaths globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year. That number is equivalent to the statistics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. Moreover, there are many different kinds of hepatitis viruses- A, B, C, D and E. Are you at risk for hepatitis? This World Hepatitis Day, check out the symptoms and habits mentioned below.

You are at risk for hepatitis A if you:
1) You are a man who has sex with men
2) You work in a child care centre/attend child care
3) Are HIV positive
4) Use illegal drugs (injectable and non-injectable)
5) Live with another person who has hepatitis A
6) Have oral-anal contact with a person who has hepatitis A

You are at risk for hepatitis B if you:
1) Share needles during IV use
2) Are an infant born to an infected mother
3) Are a man who has sex with men
4) Are exposed to human blood in your job
5) Live with someone who has chronic HBV

You are at risk for hepatitis C if you:
1) Have HIV
2) Are an infant born to an infected mother
3) Are exposed to human blood in your job
4) Use illegal drugs (injectable and non-injectable)
5) Have received a piercing or tattoo in an unsanitary environment with unsterile equipment
6) Were ever in prison

You are at risk for hepatitis D if you:
1) Have hepatitis b
2) Are a man who has sex with men
3) Receive blood transfusions often
4) Use illegal drugs (injectable and non-injectable)


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