Hepatitis means “inflammation or swelling of the liver.” Liver swelling is caused by many things, including drinking alcohol and exposure to certain viruses.
Hepatitis A, B, and C are separate viruses; each of these viruses causes liver inflammation. Over time, swelling of the liver can lead to “stretch marks” or scar tissue which can impact the liver’s ability to function. More about hepatitis»
Vaccines for Hepatitis A and B
Where to get vaccinated (call for eligibility and fees):
Hepatitis C Testing
Persons who have shared syringes or other injection drug gear even once should be tested for hepatitis C. You should also consider testing if you received blood, organs, or clotting factor before 1992. Sex partners of people with hepatitis C are not routinely recommended for testing; however, if blood was exchanged during the encounter, testing may be desired. Learn more»
Hepatitis C testing is available through most private medical providers. Call for eligibility and fees.
If You Have Hepatitis C
- Getting vaccinated for hepatitis A and B
- Abstaining from or reducing alcohol use and other drugs
- Using of new clean injection drug gear for each injection and not sharing equipment that can carry blood on it (i.e., toothbrushes, razors).
- Routinely visiting a healthcare provider
Hepatitis C Helpline