“If you have hepatitisInflammation to the liver with accompanying damage to liver cells., it is better to know.”
Hepatitis literally means inflammationThe body’s response to injury. of the liverA large abdominal organ that has many important roles including the production of bile and clotting factors, detoxification, and the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.. An inflamed liver can be caused by a number of different factors including alcohol. However, in his article Liver Specialist, Dr Andrew Millar provides the important information that people need to be aware of with regard to hepatitis caused by the virusesMicrobes that are only able to multiply within living cells. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C i.e. ‘Viral Hepatitis’.
Consultant Hepatologist (liver expert) Dr Andrew Millar stresses that anyone at risk should get tested because, “it is better to know”, and there are good treatments. Sexual health clinics will do the test anonymously if confidentiality is a concern. It is always better to go to an official clinic as the testing will be considerably more reliable than anything done via an online testing solution.
When the presence of hepatitis B, or C infectionInvasion by organisms that may be harmful, for example bacteria or parasites. is detected Dr Millar says that he sees his patients rapidly. It is important for any patient with a positive result to see a consultant who specialises in hepatitis and who can give the latest appropriate information plus reassurance that the condition will be properly assessed and managed.
So, who should be tested for Hepatitis B or C?
The following people should consider being tested for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C:
· Anyone born in an area with a high prevalence of chronicA disease of long duration generally involving slow changes. hepatitis (particularly Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South America and southern and eastern Europe).
· Those who have had a tattoo unless sterile equipment could be guaranteed.
· Those who received any bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. product before 1992 (testing did start before this in many ‘developed’ countries).
· Those who have ever received blood products in other countries.
· Sex workers and their customers.
· People who have had multiple sexual partners.
· Anyone who has ever had renalRelating to the kidney. dialysis.
· Those with elevated liver function blood tests.
· Persons who have ever (even if only once) injected illegal drugs or shared equipment for nasalRelating to the nose absorption.
· Anyone with a close member of the family positive for chronic hepatitis without a known cause.
· Current or previous residents of correctional institutions.