Hepatitis B and C (Viral)

StreetName: Also known as The Dragon, Hep B, Hep C.

You are at risk if….
Unprotected sex
Association of sex and alcohol
Multiple sex partners
History of previous STIs
HIV positive
Spread: Blood, seminal or vaginal fluids and saliva through oral, anal and vaginal sex (rough sex); IV drug use, cuts and abrasions, body piercing, tattooing
Symptoms:  Sometimes no symptoms (silent infection)
Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache, fever
Yellowing of eyes/skin
Vomiting of blood
Generalized itching, loss of weight, abdominal pain, sleep disturbance, confusion, loss of sex drive
Most recover from acute infection in 2-12 weeks
Results:             -Liver failure
-Death (rare)
Now what?! Hep C can be treated with medication but treatment is expensive, has side effects and does not always work. See your doctor and get tested. You should get checked after each new sexual partner. Talk to your partner about past sexual history and exposure.