“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver . The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
- Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected.
- In the area of Sexually Transmitted Diseases the most common hepatitis are Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and the following tests are used for the detection of the infection:
Hepatitis B Antibodies $79.00
Hepatitis C Antibodies $79.00
Hepatitis B & C Combo $139.00
- A group of viruses known as the hepatitis viruses cause most cases of hepatitis worldwide, but hepatitis can also be caused by toxic substances (notably alcohol, certain medications, some industrial organic solvents and plants), other infections and autoimmune diseases.
- Hepatitis C is a chronic infection which can end in cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure and death.
- Hepatitis B is preventable through vaccination. No vaccine are still available for Hepatitis C.
- Hepatitis C virus is found in transmittable levels in body fluids including: Semen, Vaginal secretions, Saliva and Blood and may be transmitted:
- Sexually (having unprotected sex with an infected person), Intravenously (sharing injecting drug needles or paraphernalia with an infected person), Neo-natally (mother-to-child if the mother is infected with HBV).
- Hepatitis may occur with limited or no symptoms, but often leads to jaundice, anorexia (poor appetite) and malaise. Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than six months and chronic when it persists longer.
- Risk of transmission from blood transfusion is currently low in the United States since blood banks screen donated blood that appears to be infected.