May is Heptatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

What Is Hepatitis?

The liver is an important organ in the body because it helps digest food, store energy and remove poisons. Hepatitis is a disease that makes the liver swell; typically caused by a virus. There are many different types of Hepatitis, but the most commonly known are Hepatitis A, B, and C. Common symptoms include a fever, fatigue and jaundice; but there are many more. If Hepatitis goes untreated it can turn into Liver failure or even liver cancer. The problem is that more than 4 million Americans suffer from Hepatitis B or C infections and don’t know it. Each year, approximately 15,000 Americans die from liver cancer or chronic liver disease associated with viral hepatitis. This is why it is important to know the facts and get tested.

How can Hepatitis Spread?

Hepatitis can spread in different ways depending on the type of Hepatitis. However, common ways to contract Hepatitis include sharing needles, having sex with an infected partner, birth or direct contact with infected blood.

What Can You Do?

  • Know the facts
  • Get Tested
  • Request the Vaccine
  • Join the conversation on Twitter

(hashtags #HepAware for Hepatitis Awareness Month, #HTD for Hepatitis Testing Day, #HepRisk for the Hepatitis Risk Assessment, and #KMH for the Know More Hepatitis Campaign)

Are You At Risk?

Take the following Hepatitis Risk Assessment provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This assessment will take approximately 5 minutes.

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/riskassessment/

Check Out Campaigns Around The Nation:

http://hepbunited.org/

Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HepAwarenessMonth.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hepatitis.html
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hepa_ez/

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