About Viral Hepatitis
The term "hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Nationwide, an estimated 50% of people living with chronic viral hepatitis are not aware of their infection. Viral hepatitis is sometimes called a "silent killer" because chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections can progress without symptoms for years, with a person learning about their infection after they have moderate to advanced liver disease.
Hepatitis A and hepatitis B can be prevented with vaccination. While there is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C, new, highly effective treatments can cure more than 90% of people with chronic hepatitis C infections, and successful treatment can slow or stop liver disease progression.
The only way to know if a person has viral hepatitis is through testing.
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