What is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is a serious virus that can attack the liver. There are five types of hepatitis. The most common types are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
How do I get Hepatitis?
What does hepatitis do to my body?
Hepatitis can cause a number of problems, including yellow eyes and skin, stomach pain or swelling, muscle weakness, joint pain, rashes, nausea or vomiting, dark urine (pee), loss of appetite, fever, and tiredness.
Sometimes there are no signs at first. It is very important to get tested to see if you have hepatitis.
How do I find out if I have hepatitis?
Ask your doctor for a hepatitis test. If you don’t have a regular doctor or another healthcare provider, you can search for a clinic in your area that offers testing.
Is there a cure for hepatitis?
No. There is no cure, but there are medicines to treat hepatitis. There are also vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B that will prevent the disease. Ask your healthcare provider about them.
Tattoos and Body Piercing
Hepatitis B and C transmission can occur if a tattoo artist or body piercer uses an unsterilized (unclean) needle used on someone else that has hepatitis B or C to pierce or tattoo a person or uses other equipment that is unclean.
How can I reduce my risk of getting hepatitis?
There are a lot of ways to reduce your risk of getting an STI.