May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. With the recent hepatitis A breakout in the city of San Diego, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) encourages patients of all ages to protect themselves by becoming #HepAware. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis without knowing they are infected. Don’t let that be you!
Here’s what you need to know to become #HepAware.
Hepatitis A is:
- a non-chronic liver infection
- highly contagious
- contracted through eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water or through contact with someone who has the virus
FHCSD offers a vaccination to help prevent hepatitis A.
Hepatitis B is:
- a short-term or long-term liver infection
- transmitted through an infected person’s blood, semen or other body fluids to someone not infected
- can occur through sharing needles, syringes or drug-injection equipment; sexual contact; or at birth
Get vaccinated to help prevent hepatitis B.
Hepatitis C is:
- a short-term illness, but in most cases becomes a long-term liver infection
- a blood-borne virus
- contracted through sharing needles or drug-injection equipment
Avoid disease-spreading behaviors, such as injecting drugs, to help prevent hepatitis C. There is no vaccine, however FHCSD offers screening and treatment for the virus. If you feel that you have hepatitis C or may have been exposed to it, please call (619) 876-4449 to schedule an appointment with a FHCSD provider.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment for vaccination or screening at one of our FHCSD clinics, call (619) 515-2300.