July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. It’s an important day to remind us all to take care of our bodies!
Hepatitis is a group of diseases that affect the liver. There are seven identified types of viral hepatitis with types A, B and C being most common. You can be immunized against hepatitis A and B, but not C.
Hepatitis C is spread by blood-to-blood contact such as:
- Sharing drug-using equipment
- Reusing tools in tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture and electrolysis
- Sharing items that have blood on them like toothbrushes, razors or nail clippers
- Unprotected sex where blood could be present
The only way to really know if you have hepatitis C is to get tested. A simple blood test can tell you if you have come in contact with the virus.
There is some good news about hepatitis C: it is curable. Treatment can eliminate the infection from the body. Knowing your status is the first step. Take that step. Get tested.
Learn more about hepatitis on the Northern Health Matters blog.