Over 500 Million People Worldwide have Chronic Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.
Most don't even know it.
Never thought you'd have to worry about hepatitis?
If at any point in your past you got tattoos or piercings, were around IV needles, snorted drugs or had unsafe sex, think again.
Why? Hepatitis is a "stealth virus," which makes it especially dangerous. You can have it for years and years without having any symptoms at all.
When symptoms do appear, they're generally mild or flu-like - fever, appetite loss, muscle aches and vomiting - and are dismissed or misdiagnosed. All too often, a person finds out they've got life-threatening hepatitis after only after severe liver damage has occurred.
Becoming infected with either hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. HBV is up to 100 times more contagious than HIV, and HCV is the leading cause for liver transplants in the U.S. Every year, about a million people die from these deadly viral infections.
What can you do?
Standard blood work run by healthcare providers will not test for hepatitis. Specific blood tests are the only way to detect and monitor the virus and determine treatment options.
Of the 4 million Americans infected with HCV, only ½ million have been treated… most haven't even been identified. If you think you may be at risk, don't delay finding out.
Hepatitis symptoms include:
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle and joint aches and pain
- Weight fluctuations
- Jaundice (yellow skin and yellow around the white part of the eyes)
- Abdominal pain (right upper abdomen)
You are risk for contracting hepatitis if you:
- have tattoos or piercings
- have ever been an IV drug user, or snorted drugs
- have been exposed to infected blood
- received a blood transfusion prior to 1992
- received an organ transplant
- were born to an infected mother
- are infected with HIV
- have had sex with an infected person
Is it A, B or C?
is caused by a virus (HAV) which can be found in contaminated water, food and feces.
Your body will usually recover from HAV fairly quickly and naturally.
Hepatitis A inflames the liver but does not cause chronic, or long-term, disease and complications are rarely serious.
There is a vaccine for hepatitis A.
is caused by a virus (HBV) spread through blood and bodily fluids, often through sexual contact.
It is also transmitted to infants during birth, and small children can easily be infected. This is prevalent in regions of Asia.
Most adults with an acute, or short-term, HBV infection fully recover. But chronic infections often lead to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer if not treated.
There is a vaccine for hepatitis B, but it won't fight the disease after you've become infected.
is caused by a virus (HCV) transferred primarily through blood, with needles, transfusions and the practice of snorting cocaine.
Less commonly, HCV can be spread through sexual contact.
Untreated hepatitis C usually leads to chronic liver disease in some form. If you're infected with HCV, you can infect others even if you have no symptoms.
There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, and neither the HBV or HAV vaccines are effective against it.
Find out with affordable, professional tests.
In the U.S, baby boomers account for 2 out of every 3 cases of chronic hepatitis C. If you were born between 1945 and 1965, the CDC now recommends testing for HCV at least once.
Are you living with HCV?
If you have or have had chronic hepatitis C, you can take the results of Personalabs tests to your healthcare provider. No doctor's order is necessary.
This profile includes a highly sophisticated test used to measure HCV genetic material and monitor antiviral treatment.Add to Cart $500
Are you at high risk for HBV?
Individuals from China and other parts of Asia, people who live in some U.S. Asian communities, IV drug users and those who are HIV positive are have an increased risk for hepatitis B.
This profile tests for the presence and progression of HBV, a viral infection which can be spread to family members as well as through sexual contact.Add to Cart $92
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