World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is July 28th
Sponsored by NOhep, July 28th is World Hepatitis Day- geared towards building momentum, raising awareness, and accelerating progress towards achieving the elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030. Because it is often asymptomatic at first, hepatitis can go unnoticed for years; in the meantime, several others may contract the virus. This is why diagnosis plays a crucial role and marks the first step in eliminating viral hepatitis.
Viruses that primarily attack the liver are called hepatitis viruses. There are several types of the virus – including types A, B, C, D, E, and possibly G. Types A, B, and C are the most common. While all types can cause acute hepatitis, types B and C can cause chronic hepatitis.
Hepatitis B (HBV)
HBV is transmitted through exposure to infected blood, semen, and other body fluids, as well as from infected mothers to infants at the time of birth. Transmission may also occur through transfusions of HBV-contaminated blood and through intravenous drug use. HBV is one of the main concerns for health care workers. Safe and effective vaccines are available to prevent HBV.
Hepatitis C (HCV)
HCV is mostly transmitted through exposure to infected blood. This may happen through transfusions of HCV-contaminated blood, contaminated injections during medical procedures, and through intravenous drug use. Sexual transmission is also possible, but is much less common. There is currently no vaccine for HCV – only medication to keep it under control.
The key to stopping the spread of hepatitis is prevention. Testing plays a crucial role in this, as it is the only way to determine whether a person has been infected. The testing process entails providing a blood specimen; results are available in as little as 24 hours.
Get Tested Today at Vista Clinical
At Vista Clinical, we offer hepatitis blood testing to anyone with a doctor’s order. Our self-pay pricing for the screening is just $66, plus a $15 specimen collection fee! Vista Clinical encourages you to educate yourself about diagnosis and prevention, and get tested regularly at any of our +30 facilities. No appointment necessary.
To find the location nearest you, visit http://www.vista-clinical.com/locations/.
Let’s do our part in eradicating HBV and HCV! The goal to see the end of this virus is within our reach – diagnosis and prevention are key in stopping the spread of hepatitis. Get tested today!