Month: January 2014

What is viral hepatitis???

what is viral hepatitis

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. Several different viruses, named the hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses, cause viral hepatitis.

All of these viruses cause acute, or short-term, viral hepatitis. The hepatitis B, C, and D viruses can also cause chronic hepatitis, in which the infection is prolonged, sometimes lifelong. Long-term inflammation of the liver, leads to scarring of the liver tissue, and chronic hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis (severe scarring), liver failure, and liver cancer.

Detecting a viral hepatitis infection early is key! ¬†Knowing if you’re chronically infected with hepatitis B and/or C is crucial to taking steps to prevent liver damage and get appropriate medical care and treatment.

If you want to discuss your risk factors and look into testing, contact Hep C Connection‘s toll-free HelpLine: 1-800-522-4372.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis/

Step Up to Hep Colorado!

Step Up to Hep Colorado!

We’re excited to announce the launch of “Step Up to Hep Colorado,” a campaign to raise awareness around viral hepatitis throughout the state of Colorado. Please keep an eye on this site (and our Facebook profile and Twitter handle) for information on viral hepatitis, to learn what resources are available in our state, keep updated on new treatments, and hear about upcoming events. This campaign is implemented by Hep C Connection, with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and our community partners.