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Hepatitis Awareness

Posted by USFHP on Jul 20, 2022 12:27:00 PM

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According to the CDC, it is estimated that around 850,000 people in the United States have hepatitis B. Actual numbers may range from 730,000 to 2.2  million because half of the people with hepatitis are unaware that they have it.

Below are different types of hepatitis: 

Hepatitis A causes inflammation and affects the liver's ability to function. It can be spread by close contact with infected individuals or contaminated food or drink. Symptoms of hepatitis A can last up to 2 months. The majority of people recover fully from hepatitis A and have lifelong immunity.

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can occur through different situations such as health care exposures or mother-to-child. Acute and chronic forms of hepatitis B and C are both possible. Chronic diseases may lead to severe and life-threatening health complications for a long-term condition.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A and B. As for hepatitis C, there is no vaccination prevention. Therefore, testing for hepatitis C is crucial since most people can be cured within 8 to 12 weeks when diagnosed early!

Some common symptoms of Hepatitis A, B, and C are:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain/poor appetite
  • Fever
  • Dark urine
  • Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)

Symptoms of chronic hepatitis B and C may not appear for years. Therefore, every adult aged 18 years and older must get a Hepatitis C screening. For more information, please speak with your healthcare provider. 

USFHP Primary Healthcare Plan provides routine doctor's visits, hospitalization, prescription coverage, preventative health care coverage, and specialty care. We’ve also developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals.

Visit or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.

Topics: liver health, hepatitis