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28 Julio 2017, 02:27 | Martinez Canez
World Hepatitis Day 2017: 9 key facts about Hepatitis C your doctor wants you to know
Every year on July 28, World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed through out the globe to raise awareness about the disease and with an aim to eradicate it completely by 2030.
Because of lack of access to life-saving testing and treatment million of peoples are facing a risk of chronic liver disease, cancer, and death. Being infected with both HDV and HBV can result in a more serious disease and worse outcome. There are no distinct symptoms in the early stages. It is thought that up to 4,000 deaths could be prevented with more awareness. It leads to severe liver damage. This virus infects the spermatogenesis mainly for the males. It can be acute or chronic depending on the time period it lasts for.
Hepatitis D can only affect people who already have the hepatitis C virus and is spread through blood to blood contact or sexual contact with an infected person.
"We've subsequently seen about four more cases of HEV infection".
Although most people successfully recover from an HBV infection and develop antibodies against the virus, up to 10 per cent of infected adults fail to clear the virus from their bodies. Long term Use of injection drugs, use of non-sterile needles for tattooing and body piercing etc. are common causes for spread of hepatitis C virus infection. This is a risk in South Africa, where there are many HIV-infected patients. "Simple hygiene measures such as hand-washing and consumption of safe drinking water and hygienic food, for example, are powerful tools for preventing hepatitis A and E. Messaging targeted towards high-risk groups such as intravenous drug users and sex workers can meanwhile increase uptake of harm-reduction measures", she said. "The kind of publicity HIV gets, Hepatitis B does not".
"Changing needles alone is not sufficient; the ink must also be changed". The patient becomes a carrier of the viruses. Exchange of these body fluids with a healthy person leads to transmission of the infection.
According to WHO, Hepatitis is a silent killer and kills faster than HIV/AIDS. Initial testing for hepatitis C virus uses serological assays to detect antibodies against HCV in blood samples. But despite its very low prevalence, it has the highest mortality rate of one in two persons.
Hepatitis C is the viral infection which injured almost 50,000 New Zealanders. This year, World Hepatitis Day encourages patients with hepatitis or those who have been cured to post their picture to the website to put "a human face to elimination of viral hepatitis", according to the site.
Ramesh Garg, Senior Consultant at Gastroenterology at the city-based Saroj Hospital, said that earlier, HCV treatment was hard and came with a lot of side effects, but since the advent of direct acting antivirals, there have been significantly higher cure rates.
Dr. Vivekanandan, who conducts regular screening for hepatitis, 60 per cent of the newborns are covered under the vaccination in India, which is good because the future generation is protected against HBV.
Peck added: "We're asking the public to show their face and take action this World Hepatitis Day in solidarity of the 325 million people living with viral hepatitis". Studies showed that HBV infected are 1.59 times are more likely to experience infertility than individuals who are not infected.
Symptoms: Inflamed liver, no appetite, jaundice, nausea, vomiting and fever.
The next stage is fibrosis when scar tissue start to build up.
However, several professional Hepatitis and liver societies have published rebuttals to this meta-analysis. These infections drive costly transplants and cancer drugs.
The average price of the required three-month treatment course of Mylan's sofosbuvir is around US$ 260, a small fraction of the medicine's market entry price in late 2013, and of the price set in the majority of high-income countries. By 2030 we can eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat.
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