You've likely heard about hepatitis at some point, but like most people you probably assume that you're not at risk. Historically hepatitis has had negative connotations, however there are three different types of hepatitis which are transmitted by different methods, which means you can get hepatitis without knowing it or thinking you're at risk.
Hepatitis is a life-threatening condition that affects your liver, and so if you have it you can easily spread it to friends and family if you're not aware and taking necessary precautions. It can also be difficult to identify hepatitis until significant damage has been done, so if you're at risk of having contracted the virus the best thing you can do is to find out whether you have it or not.
The risk groups for each type of hepatitis are:
People most at risk for hepatitis A infection are:
People most at risk for hepatitis B infection are:
You are at increased risk of hepatitis C if you have:
If you fit into one of those groups then the first step is to come in and see your GP, who will talk it through with you and can arrange a blood test to check for the virus.
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