What is Hepatitis B and C?
Hepatitis B and C are liver diseases caused by the Hepatitis B or C virus. It makes your liver swell and stops it from functioning properly.
How could one get Hepatitis B or C?
Hepatitis C is spread mainly by contact with an infected person’s blood
Hepatitis B is however far more infectious and can be spread by contact with infected blood, semen, or other body fluids.
You could get Hepatitis B or C by:
sharing drug needles with an infected person
- Sharing toothbrushes, razors or such personal care items with an infected person
- -Getting pricked with a needle that has infected blood on it (especially for health workers)
Hepatitis B is more infectious and can spread by:
- having sex with am infected person without protection
- -Living with an infected person
- -An infected woman can give Hepatitis B to her baby at birth or through breast milk.
Persons at risk for Hepatitis B are also at risk of infection with Hepatitis C virus or HIV.
- What are the symptoms ?
You “might” :
- Feel tired
- Feel abdominal discomfort
- Have a fever
- Have poor appetite
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Have stomach pain
- Have Diarrhea
Some people have :
- Dark yellow urine
- Light-coloured stools
- Yellowish eyes and skin.
SOME PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS. However it has been shown that if you are infected with Hepatitis B or C, liver damages continues regardless of the signs and symptoms.
Your nightmare: WHEN SYMPTOMS APPEAR, THE INFECTED PERSON HAS A SHORT TIME LEFT TO LIVE.
How can you protect yourself ?
-Do not share personal care items such as razors , toothbrushes, etc.
-Consider the risks if you are thinking about tattooing or piercing any part of your body.
-If you have have or had Hepatitis B or C , do not donate blood, organs or tissue.
-Practice safe sex, using barrier method such as latex condom every time you have sex.
GOOD NEWS: VACCINATION (IMMUNIZATION) OFFERS THE BEST PROTECTION AGAINST HEPATITIS B, There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.
If you are a heath care or public safety worker, get vaccinated for Hepatitis B and always follow routine barrier precautions when handling needles and other sharp objects.
If you are pregnant, you should get a blood test for Hepatitis B. Knowing your status may help prevent your newborn baby from being infected.
For Hepatitis B or C Screening, Hepatitis B immunization, and Further inquiries about Hepatitis B or C,
Contact Nurse Augustine on 07032591342 (WhatsApp only)