How to prevent viral hepatitis infection.

The World Hepatitis campaign is to create awareness of the dangers of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and also to encourage, testing, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Statistics reveal that nearly one in twelve people around the world have either hepatitis B or C, not less than 23 million Nigerians are estimated to be infected with the Hepatitis B virus alone and if the infection is not managed on time it leads to cirrhosis of liver, liver cancer and even failure of the liver.

Tips on Viral Hepatitis:

  • Viral hepatitis is caused by a virus, Hepatitis A, B, C, D or E, that results in the inflammation of the liver.
  • Hepatitis A is the mildest of the other forms and does not result in long-term or fatal effects. Vaccine for Hepatitis A is Available and should be taken as a preventive measure.
  • Hepatitis B is caused by the HBV virus and is by far the most dangerous of the group, but a vaccine for it is Available.
  • Hepatitis C caused by the HCV virus is also dangerous, affects nearly 200 million people worldwide and the WHO has given it an ‘epidemic’ status.


How can I prevent viral hepatitis infection?

Below are the best methods to prevent the hepatitis viruses most commonly:

Hepatitis A prevention.

• Get tested
• Get vaccinated. People with certain risk factors and health problems need this vaccine, so ask your doctor if the vaccine is right for you.
• Properly wash your hands following bathroom use and diaper changes, and before preparing or eating food.

Hepatitis B prevention.

• Get tested
• Get vaccinated
• Do not use personal items that may have come into contact with an infected person's blood, such as razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes, or glucose monitors.
• As with other sexually transmitted infections, limit sexual partners and use preventive methods.

Hepatitis C prevention

• Get tested
• Do not share needles or other equipment used to inject drugs, steroids, or cosmetic substances.
• Do not use personal items that may have come into contact with an infected person's blood, such as razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes, or glucose monitors.
• Do not get tattoos or body piercings from an unlicensed facility or in an informal setting.
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