You probably heard a lot about hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, but you may not know what the differences among them. This article points out the difference for you. Keep reading, please.
No matter hepatitis A, B or C, each of them means the inflammation of the liver. And all of them are the leading cause of liver cancer and liver failure.
Hepatitis A caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).
HAV is found in the feces (poop) of people with hepatitis A and is usually spread by close personal contact (including sex or living in the same household). It can also be spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with HAV.
Hepatitis B caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV)
HBV is found in blood and certain body fluids. The virus is spread when blood or body fluid from an infected person enters the body of a person who is not immune. HBV is spread through having unprotected sex with an infected person, sharing needles or “works” when shooting drugs, exposure to needlesticks or sharps on the job, or from an infected mother to her baby during birth. Exposure to infected blood in ANY situation can be a risk for transmission.
Hepatitis C caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV)
HCV is found in blood and certain body fluids. The virus is spread when blood or body fluid from an HCV infected person enters another person’s body. HCV is spread through sharing needles or “works” when shooting drugs, through exposure to needle sticks or sharps on the job, or sometimes from an infected mother to her baby during birth. It is possible to transmit HCV during sex, but it is not common.
Having hepatitis can be dangerous. Symptoms are similar for hepatitis A, B and C and may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, gray-colored stools, joint pain and jaundice (a yellowing of the eyes and skin). Even worse, chronic hepatitis often has no symptoms, and people don’t know they’re infected until they get very sick.
Anyway, if you want to make sure whether you have hepatitis or not, go to see a doctor and take test.