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Hepatitis Testing – Where Can I Get Tested?

What Is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is liver inflammation. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis. Sometimes, hepatitis can even spread through sexual contact. Viral hepatitis is an infectious disease. There are several types of hepatitis common in the United States. The most common types of viral hepatitis, though, are hepatitis A, B, and C.

What Is Hepatitis A (HAV)?

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease. An infection due to the Hep A virus causes this disease. It can range in severity. For some people, there is only a mild illness that lasts a few weeks. Others aren’t so lucky. For some, Hep A can be a severe illness lasting several months.

How Is Hep A Spread?

Hep A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter. This can happen even if you only ingest microscopic amounts. How does this ingestion happen? Usually from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces of an infected person. Sometimes, a person can catch Hep A through sex.

How Can I Prevent Hep A?

The best way to prevent Hep A is by getting vaccinated.

Electron micrograph of Hepatitis A virus
Electron micrograph of Hepatitis A virus (HAV). Image credit: CDC/Betty Partin. Retrieved from Wikimedia Commons.

What Is Hepatitis B (HBV)?

Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that results from infection due to the Hep B virus. It can range in severity. Some people only experience a mild illness lasting a few weeks. For others it can be a serious, lifelong illness.

What Is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Hep B?

Hep B can be either acute or chronic. An acute Hep B virus infection is a new, short-term illness. It occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hep B virus. Acute infection can (but not always will) lead to chronic infection. Chronic Hep B is a long-term illness that occurs when the Hep B virus remains in a person’s body. It is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems, even death.

How Is Hep B Spread?

Hep B is usually spread through blood, semen, or another bodily fluid from an infected person to an uninfected person. This can happen through a number of ways, including sexual contact and sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment. An infected mother can also pass Hep B to her baby at birth.

How Can I Prevent Hep B?

The best way to prevent Hep B is by getting vaccinated and by avoiding drug use and following safer sexual practices. Safer sexual practices can include:

  • Being in a monogamous relationship with a clean partner
  • Using condoms correctly
  • Getting regularly tested
A cucumber with clear wrapping to suggest proper condom use
Safer sexual practices can reduce the risk of catching STDs and HIV.

What Is Hepatitis C (HCV)?

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease. It results from infection with the Hep C virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.

What Is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Hep C?

Hep C can be either acute or chronic. An acute Hep C virus infection is the illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hep C virus. For many people, acute infection leads to chronic infection. Chronic Hep C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems or even death.

How Is Hep C Spread?

Hep C is usually spread when an infected person’s blood enters the body of someone who is not infected. Many people become infected by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.

How Can I Prevent Hep C?

There is no vaccine for this type of hepatitis. The best way to prevent it is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injection drug use.

Primary causes of chronic liver disease includes hepatitis B and hepatitis C
Primary causes of chronic liver disease. Image credit: CDC/ NCID (1997). Retrieved from Public Health Image Library (PHIL).

What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis?

Symptoms can vary based on the individual, as well as the type of hepatitis contracted. Similar symptoms can appear in those who have Hep A, B, and C, such as fever, fatigue, dark urine, and jaundice. Jaundice is the yellowing or even greening of the skin and eyes. Note that jaundice is not exclusive to hepatitis.

Some individuals, especially those with Hep C, may not show symptoms. When no symptoms show, this person is asymptomatic. Sometimes symptoms do show, but can be quite mild.

Jaundice, or yellowing of the whites of the eyes, caused by Hepatitis A
Jaundice of the eyes caused by Hep A. Image credit: CDC/ Dr. Thomas F. Sellers, Emory University (PD-USGov-HHS-CDC). Retrieved from the Public Health Image Library.

When Do Hepatitis Symptoms Appear?

It varies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Hep A symptoms appear most often after 4 weeks,
  • Hep B usually after 3 months, and
  • Hep C typically anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks.

How Can I Prevent Hepatitis?

There are several ways to help protect against viral hepatitis infections. Safer sexual practices can reduce the risk of catching not just certain types of hepatitis, but also other STDs and HIV, the infection that causes AIDS. Safer sexual practices can include being in an exclusive relationship with a non-infected person, using condoms for all sexual acts, using condoms correctly, and getting regularly tested for STDs. Avoiding drug and alcohol abuse can also put people at a lower risk of infection.

Where Can I Get Hepatitis Testing?

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Blood samples can be used to test for hepatitis.

Getting tested is the only way to know with 100% certainty if you have hepatitis. Tests using blood samples can show whether a person has a certain type of hepatitis. Multiple blood samples are often drawn in order to screen for various types of hepatitis.

Find your local hepatitis testing facility and get peace of mind.

Sources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Viral hepatitis. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

World Health Organization. What is hepatitis?

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