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Other Types of Hepatitis

There are 3 main types of Hepatitis. Hepatitis A, B, and C, and they all attack your liver. There is also Hepatitis D, Hepatitis G, and Hepatitis Non-A-G, but these types of Hepatitis are rare.

"The liver is a resilient, maintenance-free organ that's easy to ignore - until something goes wrong. It filters out toxins, changes food into energy, and makes blood. If your liver wasn't around, these toxins would quickly collect in your body and give you health problems. Because of its wide-ranging responsibilities, the liver often comes under attack by viruses, toxic substances (including alcohol), contaminants and disease. Even when it is under siege however, the liver is very slow to complain. Often, people with liver problems will be completely unaware because they may have few, if any, symptoms. Once your liver becomes really damaged it will stop working and you will die, however, the liver is such a robust organ that it will continue working even when two thirds of it has been damaged by scarring (cirrhosis).

While there have been major advances in treating liver diseases, there are no cures. That's why it's important to take steps to prevent liver disease, such as making healthy lifestyle choices and getting immunized against viruses that can cause liver disease." - Canadian Liver Foundation

Often referred to as an STI, strains of Hepatitis are more often transmitted through sharing needles, contaminated food and water, and other non-sexual routes. A blood test is the only way to determine Hepatitis infection.

Many people with Hepatitis are asymptomatic until later stages of the disease. There is no vaccine and no cure for Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a more severe form of Hepatitis and is primarily transmitted through needle use. Sometimes sharing toothbrushes and razors can aid in the spread of Hepatitis. It can be transmitted though anything that has blood on it, even if it is dry.

Hepatitis A

The Hepatitis A virus is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, through close person-to-person contact, or by ingesting contaminated food or water. It can be prevented through an immunization.

If you do contract Hepatitis A, the incubation period ranges from 20 to 50 days, which means that infectious patients can spread the disease well before they are even aware they have it. Most patients begin recovery within three weeks, although some have prolonged or relapsing symptoms for up to six months. You are best off to get immunized to prevent Hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is transmitted through infected bodily fluids, infected fluids such as blood, semen, pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. It has a similar infection phase as Hepatitis A and it can also be prevented through a vaccination. If you test positive for Hepatitis B your health care provider will probably test you for all the other types of Hepatitis.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks and destroys the liver. It is only spread through contact with blood, or body fluids that contain blood, of someone who is infected.

Hepatitis C on the other hand is a much more resilient virus and it can live outside the body. Hepatitis C can live in dried blood, in tattoo inks, and is much more resilient to cleaning products. If you come into contact with another persons dried bodily fluids, you are potentially at risk.

Unfortunately Hepatitis C is not affected by air or hot soapy water the same as HIV. Hepatitis C also may not be killed through the use of bleach, but current research is still testing this. If you use injection drugs, have gotten a tattoo, or share razors or toothbrushes, then you should get a Hepatitis C test.

Hepatitis D

Virus infection occurs the same way as Hepatitis B and C; through blood to blood contact. In humans, Hepatitis D virus infection only occurs in the presence of Hepatitis B infection.

Hepatitis G

Associated with acute and chronic Hepatitis and active infection has been observed to persist for up to 9 years. HGV is transmissible via blood transfusion and also can be acquired by exposure to blood and blood products. HGV is present in the US volunteer blood donor population.

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