Health Matters

World Hepatitis Day

Guest: Dr. Bich-May Nguyen

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World Hepatitis Day is July 28th. Dr. Bich-May Nguyen, faculty in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine tells us about viral hepatitis and how to protect ourselves.

“Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can lead to lifelong liver disease, liver cancer, and, in rare cases, death from liver failure.”

“Millions of Americans are living with viral hepatitis, yet many don't know it. Many people with hepatitis A, B, C, D, or E have no or mild symptoms. These could include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, dark colored urine, and yellow skin.”

“Here's how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.”

  • Talk with your doctor about getting tested.
  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B if you're at high risk.
  • Practice good hygiene, especially washing hands before preparing food or eating, and after going to the restroom.
  • Use a safe water supply.
  • Avoid unsafe injection practices, health care, or sexual practices.

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