It’s World Hepatitis Day #thinkhepatitis

world-hep-day-logoIs Hepatitis something you think much about?

Well apparently we should as it’s the world’s 8th biggest killer – right up there with HIV / AIDS

There are five different types of Hepatitis, each with varying treatments and risks:

Hepatitis A and E are spread mainly through eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by the faeces of an infected person. You can reduce the risk of exposure by practising good hygiene and avoiding drinking water that has come from a potentially unsafe source.

Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. The advice by the World Health Organisation says to reduce chances of exposure it is best to use condoms, and avoid sharing needles, toothbrushes, razors or nail scissors with an infected person. It is also wise to avoid getting tattoos or body piercings from unlicensed facilities.

Hepatitis C is mainly spread through blood-to-blood contact. You reduce risk of exposure in the same say as Hepatitis B.

Hepatitis D is spread through contact with infected blood and is only found in people who are already infected with the hepatitis B virus. You reduce risk of exposure in the same way as Hepatitis B.

Millions of people across the world now take part in World Hepatitis Day, to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and governments action.

And this year they’ve created a catchy video to bring a smile to your face about a serious subject. Settle down and sing along…