Am I At Risk?
1 in 35 adults in Singapore is a carrier of Hep B
10 000 Singaporeans are affected by Hep C
50 per cent of Hep B and Hep C carriers do not know they have the disease.
Anyone Can Get Hep B and Hep C.
The viruses do not discriminate. They infect babies, children, teens, adults and seniors. However, they are more common in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Even if you don’t live in these parts of the world, your parents and other family members could have. Hep B is commonly passed from an infected woman to her newborn at childbirth.
Or you might have travelled to these areas. The Hep B and Hep C virus gets into the body through minor wounds or cuts that you may not even notice.
In developed countries, most Hep C infections occur to young adults through injecting drug use or unprotected sex.
Body piercing, tattooing, and acupuncture are ways you could be infected if sterile needles and equipment are not used
From an infected woman to her newborn at childbirth
Sharing razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers, earrings and body jewellery
Rough play involving biting among children
Hep B and Hep C are NOT transmitted casually. They cannot be spread through toiiet seats, door knobs, sneezing, coughing, hugging or eating meals with an infected person.
Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.
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This checklist cannot replace testing done by a medical practitioner. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health and potential risk, please consult your physician to test for hepatitis today.