The word brings with it fear and anxiety... and misinformation.
First off, let's be clear....
What is Hepatitis?
Many think it is a disease that only happens to "other people," specifically people who are drug users, homeless or same sex partners.
The fact is that Hepatitis in its many forms can affect any of us.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis, but it is often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common of this virus is Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C."
"Hepatitis A is a highly contagious, short-term liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus."
The CDC says that people who are infected by Hepatitis A "may feel sick for a few weeks to several months but usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. In rare cases, Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and even death; this is more common in older people and in people with other serious heal