Preventing hepatitis: knowledge is power Preventing hepatitis: knowledge is power

Preventing hepatitis: knowledge is power

Prevention 29 July, 2017 Isabel Vallejo

In an effort to create more awareness about this viral disease, World Hepatitis Day is held on July 28.

This is a call by the World Hepatitis Alliance to demonstrate that anyone can be affected by this viral disease. Taking a moment to reflect on hepatitis, knowing how it is transmitted and knowing its warning signs can help allow for timely diagnosis, which is fundamental to getting treated on time. According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), “More than 90% of people with hepatitis C can completely heal in a period of between three and six months.”

The following measures are the most common forms of prevention by type of hepatitis:

  • Hepatitis A and B: Getting the vaccine can prevent you from catching and developing this disease. Personal hygiene, through consistent hand washing, is also key.
  • Hepatitis C: No vaccine currently exists for this type of hepatitis, which is why prevention is based on lowering the risk of transmission through sexual contact, injective drug use, and by paying careful attention to syringes that can transmit the disease.
  • Hepatitis D: The best forms of preventing this virus are getting vaccinated, taking safety measures from blood transmission occurring through injection use, and reducing its effects by getting treated on time.
  • Hepatitis E: This form of the disease can be easily prevented through proper hygiene: washing your hands after going to the bathroom, properly cleaning foods and avoiding contaminated water.

95% of people who are infected with hepatitis do not know they have it, according to figures from the WHO