How hepatitis kills millions of people

Every year, hepatitis takes the lives of more than a million people around the world, and hundreds of millions are its carriers. In this issue, we will tell you how you can get it and what to do to prevent this from happening.

Hepatitis is an inflammatory disease that causes healthy liver cells to die, leading to cirrhosis and cancer with a high probability of death. Different types of this virus have not only different effects, but also ways of spreading. For example, when traveling to countries such as Egypt, India, Vietnam and a number of others in Asia and Africa, it is likely to catch Hepatitis A or E, which is also called “dirty hand diseases”. The easiest way to do this is to refuse to wash your hands and use tap water to drink, however, it also applies to street food, which is often poorly handled.

Next in line are hepatitis B and C, which can get into your body during sexual intercourse or directly through the blood. Since everything is relatively clear with making love, as it is enough to use condoms and periodically get tested, then it is much more complicated with blood. Hazards can lurk not only in medical institutions, where tools are poorly treated, but also in beauty salons, where they do not monitor cleanliness. After all, it is here that there are remnants of contaminated blood on razors or, for example, on manicure accessories.

In conclusion, we would like to emphasize that, unlike many other diseases, hepatitis can be in your body for quite a long time and does not manifest itself. That is why it is extremely important to periodically take tests in appropriate medical institutions, especially after unprotected sex or traveling in Asia or Africa. By the way, hepatitis A and B, which are associated with them, can be cured with the usual vaccination. But the situation is more difficult with hepatitis C, because there is no vaccine for it for now, and it often goes into a chronic stage.