American Liver Foundation
New York, NY 10006
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Are You at Risk for Hepatitis?
Did you know you can take action to prevent hepatitis? The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is dedicated to facilitating, advocating, and promoting education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.
Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). HBV causes the liver to swell and prevents it from working well. HBV is passed from person to person through bodily fluids (blood, semen, and vaginal secretions). It is most often it is transmitted through sexual contact or from an infected mother to her infant during birth. There is a vaccine for HBV.
HBV is acute or short-term for about 95% of adults and chronic (or long-term) for about 5%. Acute HBV usually goes away on its own within six months. There is available treatment for chronic hepatitis B and symptoms can be managed.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). HCV causes the liver to swell and prevents it from working well. HCV is passed from person to person by blood. It is most often transmitted when a person’s blood comes into direct contact with infected blood. There is no vaccine for HCV.
HCV is acute or short-term for about 15% of people and chronic (or long-term) for about 85%. Acute HCV usually goes away on its own within six months. There is available treatment for chronic hepatitis C and symptoms can be managed.
Hepatitis B Risk Assessment
If you have any of the risk factors indicated below talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested for hepatitis B.
Hepititis C Risk Assessment
If you have any of the risk factors indicated below talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested for hepatitis C.
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