Hepatitis Q & A
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can all cause hepatitis. However, hepatitis is often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses are hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.
Hepatitis is considered a communicable disease and can be spread to other people through various ways including: sexual intercourse and other intimate, sexual practices, shared needle injection, and inadequate handwashing after toileting. There is treatment available.
The Bethlehem Health Bureau (BHB) provides immunizations against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. BHB also provides FREE testing, education and referrals for Hepatitis C on Monday and Wednesday from 1-3PM.