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Hepatitis is known as a silent disease – people can live with hepatitis, either B or C, for years without having a clue they’re infected. Imagine living with a disease that is slowly killing your liver for 30 years.

Did you know that the hepatitis B virus is up to 100 times more infectious than HIV? Despite that, it’s not as nearly as “promoted” as HIV. However, we think it deserves a special spot among infectious disease killers. On this hepatitis awareness day we decided to give it a very special shiny spot.  

Hepatitis, especially hepatitis B in its early stages, causes flu-like symptoms and tiredness, so it’s often mistaken for a common cold or flu. But hepatitis is not innocent at all – it is the number one cause of liver disease and more than 80 percent of all liver cancer in the world is caused by chronic hepatitis B. Without a doubt, hepatitis is a silent killer indeed.

Statistics show that 75 percent of all infected people aren’t aware they have hepatitis B or C, and that 75 percent of hepatitis B or C patients die from chronic liver disease.

These two numbers seem somehow connected, don’t they? If those 75 percent of people knew they were infected, perhaps the number of hepatitis infected people who die due to the consequences of liver failure would be similarly reduced. In the case of hepatitis, not being aware of an infection drastically increases your chances of dying. So, think about it… do you want to know, or do you want to die?

We have one more, very important fact for you — especially if you or your parents are baby boomers. Hepatitis statistics for US baby boomers aren’t promising, and as a matter of fact it is highly likely to be fatal! As many as three out of four US residents born between 1945 and 1965 are infected with hepatitis C!

Therefore, get tested and rule out the possibility of infection, or if necessary – get that treatment. It may save your life.  

Early hepatitis B or C detection leads to much better disease control. In most cases of early hepatitis B detection, total recovery from the virus is highly possible (9 out of 10 people clear the virus), and this is also true for some cases of hepatitis C (2 out of 10 people completely clear the virus). Nevertheless, if you are afraid of being in the unlucky group that doesn’t clear the virus — everyone benefits from early hepatitis detection and therefore disease management.

Should we say more? Your job now is to get tested.

Don’t wait — google the phone number or email address of the nearest hepatitis center and ask how to get tested. This could save your life. Do it now. We mean it. Seriously.

But first take a look at our simple infographic. And then go get tested.

 


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