May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States. Take the time to learn more about hepatitis and the resources you can use all year round to support education and prevention.
What is Hepatitis? Hepatitis is swelling, and inflammation of the liver caused by immune cells attacking the liver, liver damage from alcohol or poison, and bacteria, and parasites. Hepatitis can also be caused by viruses (Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E)
How can you prevent Viral Hepatitis? Prevention depends on the source of the liver damage and inflammation. Hepatitis A and E are typically spread through contact with infected food or water, so practicing safe food handling, including hand washing, is important. Hepatitis B, C and D spread through contact with infected blood. And Hepatitis B and D may also be spread through other bodily fluids including sharing needs or unprotected sex.
May 19 is Hepatitis Testing Day. Find free, fast, confidential HIV, STD and Hepatitis testing near you with the GetTested site from the CDC.
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