Here we will simplify the different kinds of hepatitis on the eve of World Hepatitis Day.
This is usually an acute, short term disease, and is most commonly transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by feces from a person infected with hepatitis A.
This is a more ongoing, chronic disease. It is transmitted through contact with infectious body fluids, such as blood, vaginal secretions, or semen, containing the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Injection drug use, having sex with an infected partner, or sharing razors with an infected person increases your risk of getting hepatitis B as well. You can recover from this type in half a year but can sometimes cause long term problems.
Again, this is a chronic, ongoing disease. It is mainly spread through blood-to-blood contact, and in rare cases, may be transmitted during childbirth. Many may not show symptoms and it leads to long term infection. Hepatitis C can also lead to scarring of the liver.
This is spread through direct contact with infected blood, and is a rare form of hepatitis that only occurs in conjunction with hepatitis B infection. This is a chronic disease as well.
It is a waterborne disease that typically results from ingesting fecal matter that contaminates water supply. Hepatitis E is usually acute but can be particularly dangerous in pregnant women.