Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis can be caused by excessive alcohol use, fatty liver and viral infections. The most common types of hepatitis viruses are the hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C viruses. Hepatitis A infection usually only lasts a few weeks, but the hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses can cause life-long infection. Without diagnosis or treatment, hepatitis B and C can lead to severe liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer and death.
Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected. People may not learn they have hepatitis B or C until the liver starts to shut down. It is important that people get tested and into care as early as possible to avoid serious health problems.
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