Hepatitis C Remains Dangerous As Ever

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A vaccine option exists only for Hepatitis A and B, while Hepatitis C remains dangerous as ever.

A vaccine option exists only for Hepatitis A and B, while Hepatitis C remains dangerous as ever. In medical terms, it is considered a silent illness. Worldwide, it is the seventh leading reason for death, because many people infected with Hepatitis C don’t know they have it.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) warns that hepatitis is a liver infection caused by one of these five viruses: Hepatitis A, B, C, D or E. Hepatitis B and C often means liver cancer or cirrhosis.

This is a reason for recognizing July 28th, as the World Hepatitis Day, by the WHO (World Health Organization). This day is meant to spread the word about and lead to the understanding of hepatitis.

Some hepatitis are more dangerous than others. You can guard yourself against Hepatitis A and B with a quality vaccine. However, hep C has no vaccine, making it the biggest threat.

However, progress has been made in the last few years, by introducing new anti-viral medication. It can undo the damage for around 80 percent to 95 percent of people who take the treatment as recommended.

In more and more parts of the world, including the United States and New Mexico, pregnant women are tested routinely for hepatitis. If the woman does have it, doctors make an extra effort to ensure the baby gets a quick vaccination, in order to protect it from the disease.

In New Mexico only, 23,000 to 55,000 inhabitants have hepatitis. It often happens because of abusing illegal substances, sharing needles or infected tattoo needles.

Tattoos are amongst the most cited cases that generate late diagnoses in life. This happens because tattoos were not regulated or safe during the baby boom years.

Thus, the CDC guidelines encourage all baby boomers to take a hepatitis test, regardless of the fact that they abused illegal substances or not.

Other categories who should take a hepatitis test are:

People who do drugs intravenously (inject).

People who have a liver dysfunction or abnormal liver test results

People who have HIV

Children whose mothers had been HCV positive

Anybody who received transfusions or had an organ transplant.

The aim for 2030 is to have a world without hepatitis.

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