Richmond Practice - Hepatitis

Hepatitis refers to a swollen liver. There are many types of Hepatitis, A, B, and C being the most common. Both Hepatitis A and B can be prevented through vaccination. Hepatitis B and C can be easily contracted through unprotected sex with an infected person. In some cases, the disease leads to severe liver damage including liver cancer. Because many people infected with this disease do not exhibit symptoms, regular testing is recommended for those at risk.

Symptoms (Men and women)
Possible symptoms of Hepatitis include yellow skin (Jaundice), loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue, abdominal pain, darker urine, and muscle pain.

Hepatitis can be transmitted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex, in addition to 'rimming'. Blood to blood contact, including sharing needles can transmit the virus. While less risky, sharing straws or other utensils to ingest drugs can also spread Hepatitis.

A simple blood test is used to detect Hepatitis.

Medication will be prescribed for patients affected by this disease.