What is hepatitis B? The virus can affect people of all ages. Once infected, some people carry the virus their whole lives.
Hepatitis B is an infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis C is an infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Both diseases are contagious and can lead to serious, long-term illness.
The disease can be passed from person to person. As with many infections, HCV lives in blood and bodily fluids. It can also be transmitted by contact with bodily fluids including saliva or semen of an infected person, but this is rare.
When someone has the hepatitis C virus, they may experience an acute hepatitis C infection, which is a relatively mild illness. However, most cases of hepatitis C are only found once the illness has become chronic, by which time an individual may have it for the rest of their life. For some people, the infection will clear up.
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I thought hepatitis B was sexually transmitted? This question is a common one. Hepatitis B is indeed easily transmitted sexually, so why do some people — who were not vaccinated — never get hepatitis B from their sexual partners?
Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver. It generally results in pain, redness, and swelling. There are many causes of hepatitis.
Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur from any sexual activity with an infected person and is not limited to fecal-oral contact. Measures typically used to prevent the transmission of other STDs e. Vaccination is the most effective means of preventing Hepatitis A transmission among persons at risk for infection.