Hepatitis is a group of viral infections (Hepatitis A, B and C) that affect the liver. Hepatitis B and C are STIs which you can get through unprotected vaginal sex, anal sex or oral sex as well as close genital contact. You can also get Hepatitis B and C if you share drugs or needles. You can get Hepatitis A through close personal contact with someone who already has it.
Symptoms for Hepatitis A, B and C include:
- feeling like you have the flu
- nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- jaundice (yellow skin and whites of eyes, darker yellow urine and pale faeces)
- itchy skin
- abdominal painIf left untreated, Hepatitis B and C could lead to liver disease and liver cancer
People usually fight off Hepatitis A themselves, returning to full health within a couple of months. It’s a good idea to avoid alcohol if you have it because it’s hard for the liver to process.
If you have Hepatitis B and C, you’ll need to have some tests on your liver to find out how it is affecting it. If it’s severe, you will need to take antiviral medication.