IN FOCUS: Hepatitis

Hepatitis — UCSF and San Francisco at Ground Zero

Viral hepatitis chronically infects between 3.5 and 5.2 million people in the U.S. and more than 30,000 in San Francisco, alone — but only about one in three people who are infected know it, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more

Hepatitis C — Urgency to Fight Viral Foe Grows in the Suburbs and on the Streets

Hepatitis C will infect half of injection drug users — often young and homeless — and already has infected millions of baby boomers. UCSF’s Kimberly Page has developed a model program aimed at helping the most vulnerable. Read more

Hepatitis B Threatens Health of Many Asian Americans

Hepatitis B affects one in ten Chinese in the U.S. Incidence among other Asian ethnic groups is higherstill. One in three San Franciscans is Asian, and UCSF physicians and other public health experts have reached out with innovative programs to stop disease spread and raise awareness. Read more

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ABCs of Hepatitis

Hepatitis A is inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the liver from the hepatitis A virus. The hepatitis A virus is found mostly in the stools and blood of an infected person about 15 - 45 days before symptoms occur and during the first week of illness. Because not everyone has symptoms with hepatitis A infection, many more people are infected than are diagnosed or reported.

Hepatitis B is irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the liver due to infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B infection can be spread through having contact with the blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and other body fluids of someone who already has a hepatitis B infection.

Hepatitis C is a viral disease that leads to swelling (inflammation) of the liver. Hepatitis C infection is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Most people who were recently infected with hepatitis C do not have symptoms.

Source: PubMed Health