Hepatitis A is highly contagious and is usually transmitted when a person ingests contaminated food with tiny amounts of fecal matter. Although Hepatitis A does cause severe liver inflammation and symptoms in 80 percent of adults, the majority of children who get acute infection don’t have symptoms.
The Hepatitis A virus typically doesn’t cause any long-term problems or complications. But according to the CDC, 10 – 15 percent of people with hepatitis A will have symptoms that last a long time or come back over a six to nine-month period. In rare situations, some people may have liver failure and require a transplant or die.
The Hepatitis B virus is transmitted when blood, semen, or another body fluid from an infected person enters the body of a non-infected person. This can happen through sexual contact, from mother to baby at birth, or by sharing needles, syringes, or other drug injection paraphernalia.
Although few adults experience acute Hepatitis B, they tend to develop immunity against the virus. However, when infection occurs at a young age, it becomes chronic. Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to serious health issues, like cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that leads to chronic infection in 70 – 85 percent of individuals, the majority of whom may not be aware of it because they develop no symptoms. However, chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems such as liver cirrhosis, or cancer which leads to death.
A person contracts the hepatitis C virus by coming into contact with infectious fluids and secretions from someone else who is already infected with hepatitis C virus. Today, the majority of hepatitis C cases result from sharing drug injecting paraphernalia.
SCLC’s team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants have extensive training and experience in taking care of patients and their families with viral hepatitis.
Combining our extensive experience with the many treatment options at our disposal, we routinely customize a treatment plan that fits the individual needs of our patient while taking into account their other medical conditions. and comorbidities.