Hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It can be caused by:

  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Viral infection (viral hepatitis)
  • Buildup of fat in your liver

Hepatitis A, B and C

The most common types of vital hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

Hepatitis A infections usually only last a few weeks. Most people can recover with rest and by avoiding alcohol.

Hepatitis B and C can result in life-long infection and often cause serious harm. Without diagnosis and treatment, hepatitis B and C can lead to severe liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Millions of Americans are living with viral hepatitis but do not know they are infected. There are few symptoms of the disease until its late stages. People may not learn they have hepatitis B or C until the liver starts to shut down.

You can get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B. If you have been infected, there is treatment for hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C. The best way to avoid a serious health problem is to get tested regularly and seek care quickly.

Find out where you can get low-cost or free testing, medical care and treatment for hepatitis using our NYC Health Map.

Hepatitis D and E

Hepatitis D and hepatitis E are rare in the U.S. If you think you may have either of these infections, you should discuss your treatment options with a doctor.

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