World Hepatitis Day, observed in July and sponsored by the World Hepatitis Alliance, encourages people to Know Hepatitis. Act Now. World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to highlight the global burden of this disease, CDC’s efforts to combat viral hepatitis around the world, and what actions individuals can take.
Viral hepatitis, a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, affects almost 400 million people worldwide, causing both acute and chronic liver disease. In 2013, viral hepatitis was the seventh leading cause of death worldwide, compared to the tenth leading cause of death in 1990.
Many health conditions will give you plenty of warning signs when trouble's brewing, but Hepatitis C isn't one of those. In fact, most people won't have symptoms until they have advanced liver disease. About three in four people who get the hep C virus will have a lifelong infection, which over time can lead to cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver failure, or cancer.
What can you do about hep C? First and foremost, get screened. It's a simple blood test, and the only way you'll know is if you're tested. Those most at risk are baby boomers - born between 1945 and 1965 - who make up about 75% of all people infected with hep c. Peope who've injected drugs, are infected with HIV, or who were born to mothers with hep C are also at higher risk.
If your test results are positive, get treated. There is the ability to cure Hepatitis C in virtually everybody with the drugs now available - and with close to no side effects. The only thing people have to remember to do is take the pills for 12 weeks.
You should also forgo alcohol. Excessive alcohol is always detrimental to the liver. And for people with liver idsease, there is no established guidleline for a safe amount of alcohol. If you do imbibe, stick to one drink or less for women and two drinks or less for men, per day.
The bottom line is that Hepatitis C can be cured. It should be cured, and taking care of your liver is pretty simple. You just have to avoid a few things, and your liver will take good care of you. - Robert Brown, MD, clinical chief for the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian.
World Hepatitis Day Sponsor:
World Hepatitis Alliance
To learn more, visit http://www.worldhepatitisday.info
The awareness color for Hepatitis C is Red and Yellow.
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