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Hepatitis Testing

 

Hepatitis A – B – C  

Hepatitis – the general term means inflammation of the liver.  There are several types of viral hepatitis infections. The three most common in the United States are Hepatitis A, B, and C.

  • Hepatitis A
    A disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

    • Spread – When a person ingests food or water then has been contaminated with fecal matter.
    • Prevention – Hepatitis A vaccine.
    • Treatment – Self-limiting, but may require hospitalization.
  • Hepatitis B
    A serious viral disease that attacks the liver. Most people will not be able to clear the virus and will be chronically infected for the rest of their life.

    • Spread – When a person comes into contact with an infected person’s blood or sexual fluids.
      • IV drug use, sharing of needles and equipment.
      • Sharing a toothbrush, razor, nail clippers.
      • Needle stick injuries in health care settings.
      • Sexual activity.
      • Being born to a mother who has Hepatitis B.
    • Prevention – Hepatitis B vaccine.
    • Treatment – Supportive treatment, antivirals, monitoring for liver damage and liver cancer.
  • Hepatitis C
    Can range in severity from an acute illness to a chronic life long illness. 80% of acute cases will lead to chronic infection.

    • Spread – When a person comes into contact with an infected person’s blood.
      • IV drug use, sharing of needles and equipment.
      • Sharing a toothbrush, razor, nail clippers.
      • Needle stick injuries in health care settings.
      • Being born to a mother who has Hepatitis C.
    • Prevention – Avoid IV drug use, use caution when working in health care settings.
    • Treatment – Current treatment to cure Hepatitis C is available.

 

Hepatitis C Testing

Testing is FREE for anyone with a history of the following:

  • Past or present IV drug users.
  • Born between the years of 1945-1965.

Contact Sam at 641-421-9309 to schedule your testing appointment.

 

Hepatitis A & B Vaccine:
Vaccines are FREE for anyone with a history of the following:

  • Past or present alcohol or illicit drug users.
  • Men who have sex with men.
  • History of an STD.
  • History of Hep C or HIV.

Take this short quiz to see you are at risk for viral hepatitis and should be vaccinated!

 

For more information about Hepatitis, visit these links:

Hepatitis A Vaccine Information

Hepatitis A Fact Sheet

Hepatitis B Vaccine Information 

Hepatitis B Fact Sheet

Hepatitis C Information

HCV Advocate

American Liver Foundation

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