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How common is hepatitis?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Depends

Depends on which population you are looking at.
Worldwide there are 300 million with hep b and the incidence of hep c is about 0.3/1000. The prevalence is greatly increased in high risk groups such as high risk sexual behavior and IV drug abuse. Prevention is your best friend as hep b and c can both cause chronic and life altering infection.

In brief: Depends

Depends on which population you are looking at.
Worldwide there are 300 million with hep b and the incidence of hep c is about 0.3/1000. The prevalence is greatly increased in high risk groups such as high risk sexual behavior and IV drug abuse. Prevention is your best friend as hep b and c can both cause chronic and life altering infection.
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Dr. Thomas Buehner
In the HIV/AIDS, IVDU and prison population the incidence of both Hepatitis B and C are increased above that of the general population. Also with both of these viruses, if you don't look for them you may not discover their presence until the liver disease has progressed. I feel these studies should be part of a new patient w/u and repeated based on the patient population.
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