The World Health Organization is calling on everyone to “Know hepatitis – Act now” this World Hepatitis Day on July 28. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus. The three most common viruses that cause viral hepatitis in the U.S. are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Hepatitis B and C can become chronic, or lifelong, infections that can cause serious health problems such as liver damage, liver cancer, and even death. Yet, most people don’t know that they are infected.
The good news is that hepatitis A and B can be prevented by a vaccine. While there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, new treatments show promising results for curing the disease. The CDC recommends baby boomers (people born from 1945 through 1965) get tested for hepatitis C, and that those born in Asia or the Pacific Islands or whose parents were born there get tested for hepatitis B. Take the CDC hepatitis risk assessment or talk to your doctor to find out if you should get tested. Visit our website for hepatitis resources and services in Arizona.