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How can I prevent a viral hepatitis infection?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Vaccine, wash, clean

Hep a: fecal-oral transmission: bad food, drink, sanitation.
Can get vaccinated. Wash, cook. Hep b: shared blood products, less often sex. Can get vaccinated. Avoid IV drug use, nasal drug use, high risk sex. If from endemic region (far east, middle east, africa) or parents from endemic region-get tested. Hep c: no vaccine. Most from IV drug use, transfusion before 1993, less from sex exposure.

In brief: Vaccine, wash, clean

Hep a: fecal-oral transmission: bad food, drink, sanitation.
Can get vaccinated. Wash, cook. Hep b: shared blood products, less often sex. Can get vaccinated. Avoid IV drug use, nasal drug use, high risk sex. If from endemic region (far east, middle east, africa) or parents from endemic region-get tested. Hep c: no vaccine. Most from IV drug use, transfusion before 1993, less from sex exposure.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. John Fung
Surgery
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In brief: Vaccinate/precaution

The best way to prevent viral hepatitis is to know the risk factors.
For hepatitis a and b, there are vaccines which are effective at preventing acute infection. For hepatitis c, there are no current vaccines, so knowing that this can be contracted by sharing needles, blood transfusions and blood exposure, taking care to avoid these activities is advisable.

In brief: Vaccinate/precaution

The best way to prevent viral hepatitis is to know the risk factors.
For hepatitis a and b, there are vaccines which are effective at preventing acute infection. For hepatitis c, there are no current vaccines, so knowing that this can be contracted by sharing needles, blood transfusions and blood exposure, taking care to avoid these activities is advisable.
Dr. John Fung
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