May is Hepatitis Awareness Month




hen recently asked about hepatitis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spokesperson Jonathan Mermin, M.D., said: “Why are so many Americans dying of this preventable, curable disease?” Dr. Mermin speculated that many deaths could be avoided with simple testing for and treatment of hepatitis. An excellent starting point is to learn about the disease from WiRED’s Hepatitis module.


CDC has designated May as Hepatitis Awareness Month and is leading a national campaign called Know More About Hepatitis.


A recent MedlinePlus article cites Hepatitis C as the leading infectious disease killer in the U.S.

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by viruses, medications or toxic agents. The liver enables the body to fight infection, removes chemicals or toxins from the system, digests food and stores energy. Chronic hepatitis can lead to liver cancer and liver failure.


Born from 1945-1965? Get Tested for Hepatitis C

  • Talk to your doctor.
  • A blood test is the only way to know if you have Hepatitis C.
  • Treatments are available that can cure this disease.
  • 3 in 4 people with Hepatitis C were born during these years.
  • People born during these years are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C.

There are five types of hepatitis: A, B, C, D and E. Although preventable, hepatitis C is the most serious kind and exhibits no symptoms. It can lead to cirrhosis, a scarring of the liver, and — unlike some of the other types — lacks a vaccine.


A recent MedlinePlus article cites Hepatitis C as the leading infectious disease killer in the U.S.


WiRED International offers a newly revised Hepatitis module, which describes all five types of hepatitis and their prevention, differences, causes, diagnoses and treatments.



Quiz with sample questions from WiRED’s Hepatitis Module


1. Hepatitis is a disease that primarily affects the:

 a. Large intestine
 b. Liver
 c. Heart
 d. Pancreas

2. Hepatitis B can be transmitted from a mother to her unborn child during delivery. True or false?

 a. True
 b. False

3. Hepatitis is generally categorized as:

 a. Toxic hepatitis/non-toxic hepatitis
 b. Simple hepatitis/complex hepatitis
 c. Viral hepatitis/non-viral hepatitis

4. Having a sexually transmitted infection increases one’s chances of getting hepatitis B. True or false?

 a. True
 b. False





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