World Hepatitis Day 2017: Who Is At Risk For Hepatitis?
Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused due to a virus. While you may think that this disease is not so common, statistics say otherwise- viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of deaths globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year. That number is equivalent to the statistics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. Moreover, there are many different kinds of hepatitis viruses- A, B, C, D and E. Are you at risk for hepatitis? This World Hepatitis Day, check out the symptoms and habits mentioned below.You are at risk for hepatitis A if you:1) You are a man who has sex with men2) You work in a child care centre/attend child care3) Are HIV positive4) Use illegal drugs (injectable and non-injectable)5) Live with another person who has hepatitis A6) Have oral-anal contact with a person who has hepatitis AYou are at risk for hepatitis B if you:1) Share needles during IV use2) Are an infant born to an infected mother3) Are a man who has sex with men4) Are exposed to human blood in your job5) Live with someone who has chronic HBVYou are at risk for hepatitis C if you:1) Have HIV2) Are an infant born to an infected mother3) Are exposed to human blood in your job4) Use illegal drugs (injectable and non-injectable)5) Have received a piercing or tattoo in an unsanitary environment with unsterile equipment6) Were ever in prisonYou are at risk for hepatitis D if you:1) Have hepatitis b2) Are a man who has sex with men3) Receive blood transfusions often4) Use illegal drugs (injectable and non-injectable)