Ignorance, misconceptions and prejudices are some of the hurdles that could block your path to recovery.
Myths & Facts
If you do not have jaundice, you do not have hepatitis.
Many people with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C do not feel sick. Most people do not show any signs or symptoms. The only way to know if you have Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C is to get a blood test done to find out for sure.
Hepatitis can be spread by sneezing or sharing food.
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are not spread by casual contact such as from the air, hugging, touching, sneezing, coughing, toilet seats, or doorknobs.
However, while not the leading form of transmission, they can be passed to another person through intercourse.
Hep B and Hep C are rare so I am not likely to come Into contact with them.
Hepatitis B is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world. More than one-third of the world’s population is infected with the virus; some 350 million people worldwide are chronically infected.
Hep B vaccines will prevent people with the virus from getting sick.
The Hepatitis B vaccine is effective only for people who have not been infected with the Hepatitis B virus.
Hep B and Hep C are fatal.
The Hepatitis B virus can be suppressed with oral medication. Hepatitis C can be cured in 8-12 weeks.
With early diagnosis and proper treatment, people with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can enjoy a long and healthy life.
Hep C is like HIV.
Both are viruses, but they infect different organs. They can be passed in similar ways. Effective treatments are available for both viruses.
Some people are only carriers and do not need treatment.
Once you have chronic Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, the virus is in the body can lead to serious liver problems over time. You need to have regular follow up with your doctor who will decide when treatment is needed.