Hepatitis Awareness Month: National Testing Day May 19 2016

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Source: Centers For Disease Control.gov
“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis.
Hepatitis is also the name of a family of viral infections that affect the liver, the most common being Hepatitis A, B, and C. There are vaccines to prevent hepatitis A and B; however, there is not one for hepatitis C.
Hepatitis A appears only as an acute or newly occurring infection and does not become chronic. People with hepatitis A usually improve without treatment. Hepatitis B and C can also begin as acute infections, but in some people, the virus remains in the body, resulting in chronic disease and long-term liver problems.
In 2012, CDC started recommending Hepatitis C testing for everyone born from 1945 – 1965. While anyone can get Hepatitis C, up to 75% of adults infected with Hepatitis C were born from 1945 – 1965
Most people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected so getting tested is the only way to know.
Baby boomers are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than other adults.
The longer people live with Hepatitis C undiagnosed and untreated, the more likely they are to develop serious, life-threatening liver disease.
Liver disease, liver cancer, and deaths from Hepatitis C are on the rise.
Getting tested can help people learn if they are infected and get them into lifesaving care and treatment.

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