World Hepatitis Day occurs every year on July 28th and highlights the need to accelerate the fight against viral hepatitis. This year’s #HepCantWait campaign serves to amplify the voices of the people affected by viral hepatitis. Together with our communities, we call for immediate action to end the stigma and discrimination.
What is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. A viral infection causes most cases. There are five main hepatitis virus types, but more exist. These are the most significant concern because of their burden of illness and death and the potential for outbreaks. These include:
Symptoms of hepatitis can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Light-colored stools
- Joint pain
Hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) are contagious liver diseases that vary in severity. They range from mild, lasting a few weeks, to a more serious, chronic, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. Both HBV and HCV infections begin as short-term infections. However, in some people, the virus remains in the body. This can result in chronic disease and long-term liver problems unless it’s treated. While there’s no cure for HAV, most people who get hepatitis A are only sick for a few weeks. Although, it can cause liver failure and death in rare cases.
Celebrate World Hepatitis Day
If you’re interested in helping spread awareness by celebrating World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, there are several things you can do. You can get tested for hepatitis and encourage your friends and family to as well. You can also participate in any of the many events occurring during this time ad throughout the year.
Clinical Pharmacology of Miami has ways you can get involved, too. We conduct FREE fibroscans for adults at risk of liver disease to assess your liver health. We also conduct clinical research studies to help advance care options for liver disease and other conditions. To learn more, contact us today at (305) 817-2900 or visit our website.