World Hepatitis Day.
Hepat = liver.
Itis = inflammation.
We’ve come a long way in our understanding and treatment of hepatitis.
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Back in the 1980s, there was Hepatitis A and B.
If you had inflammation of your liver and it didn’t fall into one of those?
Researchers and medical professionals referred to it as “non-A, non-B” hepatitis.
Finally, they realized they should just call it Hepatitis C.
They have found two more versions, called Hepatitis D and E. These two are more rare in the US, as is Hepatitis A. However, Hep A seems to be on the rise in the US recently.
Because of the requirement of vaccination for Hepatitis B, Hep B infection, also, is becoming more uncommon.
The most common hepatitis in the USA is Hepatitis C. Thankfully, researchers and drug companies have made a lot of progress recently, and about 95% of those treated for Hepatitis C can be cured.
Many of the versions can be contracted the same way, as you will see in the chart below.
All of the Hepatitis versions come from a different virus.
Let’s take a look at the different versions
|Type of Hepatitis (click the letter for more info)|
|B (acute and chronic)|
|C (acute and chronic)|
|D (acute and chronic)|
|E (several genotypes)|
To reiterate, anyone born between 1945-1965 should be tested for Hepatitis C. They could be carrying it and not have symptoms. It is curable for approximately 95% of cases.
https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm – accessed July 27, 2019.