July 28th marks World Hepatitis Day! This year’s theme is “I Can’t Wait.” It emphasizes the need to prioritize testing and treatment for this battle against viral hepatitis.
What is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis, deriving from the Ancient Greek work hēpar (“liver”) and suffix -itis (“inflammation”), is inflammation of the liver commonly due to a viral infection. There are five main types of viral hepatitis, classified as A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are the most common forms in the United States.
Main functions of the liver include processing nutrients, filtering blood, and fighting infections in the body. However, factors like heavy alcohol consumption, toxins, and certain medications can impede the function of the liver.
To speak with your physician about your risk for hepatitis, please visit https://www.ucrhealth.org/make-an-appointment/ .