what is hepatitis B?, is there an A or C too?

Question by valrose: what is hepatitis B?, is there an A or C too?

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Answer by Stephen H
Yes, there are A and C versions. Link 1 is on the “A” strain, link 2 is the “B” strain, and 3 is the “C” strain. These are the CDC fact sheets, so you’re getting the straight info, not the crock of S*** that you would find in wikipedia

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what is hepatitis B?, is there an A or C too? — 24 Comments

  1. DESCRIPTION Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
    Hepatitis B vaccine is available for all age groups to prevent hepatitis B virus infection.

    SIGNS & SYMPTOMS About 30% of persons have no signs or symptoms.
    Signs and symptoms are less common in children than adults.
    jaundice
    fatigue
    abdominal pain
    loss of appetite
    nausea, vomiting
    joint pain

    CAUSE Hepatitis B virus (HBV)

  2. Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver which is usually contracted via direct blood contact, or sexual contact.
    Hep A is contracted through fecal-oral contamination, Hep C through blood contact- most commonly IV drug use.
    There is also a hep D which infects people infected with hep B.

  3. Hepatitis B is spread by shared needles and promiscous sexual behavior.

    Hepatitis A is the most common and is often spread by contaminated food.

    There is an “alphabet soup” of hepatitis diseases some viral some bacterial. And none should be taken lightly.

  4. I think hapatitis A and B are the less serious of the 3 and you can catch it when travelling etc. There are shots you can take to immunize against it. Hepatitits C is the bad one I think, contracted by drug users and risky sexual practices.

  5. There is. There is a D and E as well. See the link
    Its a liver disease which eventually kills you
    And they are not limited by any countries borders.
    As we know darn well here in the U.S. a lot of illegal immigrants are bringing back diseases that were once irradicated in the united states.

    Hepatitis A: is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A can affect anyone. In the United States, hepatitis A can occur in situations ranging from isolated cases of disease to widespread epidemics.
    Hepatitis B: is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
    Hepatitis C: is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is found in the blood of persons who have the disease. HCV is spread by contact with the blood of an infected person.
    Hepatitis D: is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV), a defective virus that needs the hepatitis B virus to exist. Hepatitis D virus (HDV) is found in the blood of persons infected with the virus.
    Hepatitis E: is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV) transmitted in much the same way as hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis E, however, does not occur often in the United States.

  6. A is the mInor version of B & C,these are infectious desease’s,if not treated,they can be life threatening.so never take chances with either of them.

  7. It is a viral infection of the liver…
    There are types A, B, C, E, F and G…
    Hip A is relatively none serious…
    Hip B is communicable through bodily fluids exchange mainly…
    Hip C related to long term Hip B and permanent liver damage…
    All need medical attention….see your Dr.

  8. –Hepatitis B: Aggressively attacks the liver. It spreads through semen, blood,or other bodily fluids. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hepb_ez/#3
    –Hepatitis A: Also attacks the liver. It is a virus, so is spread like other viruses, like the flu: you can get it by sharing a drink with an infected person, for example. It is a problem in underdeveloped countries, but not really in the U.S. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hepa_ez/
    –Hepatitis C: Also attacks the liver. It is spread only through blood. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hepc_ez/

  9. Yes there is Hepatitis A, and C But hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver..Good luck and i hope this website will help you to better know what hepatitis is..Good luck and God Bless

  10. This is a classic example of questions that deserve bad answers.
    Why would you ask us on the net when you can look the answer up yourself from a profesional?
    Yet I’m wrong if I call a person an idiot or make a response that implies stupidity.
    If there is a Hepatitis B, there must be an A right? So that crosses out if theres an A!
    You hadddd to have heard of C to ask if it exist? Why? Because you saw it on a bulletin board at the least!
    Hep C is the worst! Its uncurable as to date.
    Look it up on the net and get the right answer from a licensed professional. I could tell you much about hepatitis.
    Theres even different types of A and B.
    How smart is it to take the advice of an infectious disease off of answers when you have free clinics and professionals online to help you??? Professionally??? For free???

  11. hepatitis implies injury to liver characterised by presence of inflammatory cells in the liver tissue.

    hepatitis A,B and C are all viral hepatitis.

    hepatitis B is caused by hepadnavirus. identified methods of transmission include blood (blood transfusion, now rare), tattoos (both amateur and professionally done), sexually (through sexual intercourse or through contact with blood or bodily fluids), or via mother to child by breast feeding (minimal evidence of transplacental crossing). However, in about half of cases the source of infection cannot be determined. Blood contact can occur by sharing syringes in intravenous drug use, shaving accessories such as razor blades, or touching wounds on infected persons.

    Hepatitis A or infectious jaundice is caused by a picornavirus. It is transmitted by the orofecal route, transmitted to humans through methods such as contaminated food. It causes an acute form of hepatitis and does not have a chronic stage. The patient’s immune system makes antibodies against hepatitis A that confer immunity against future infection.

    Hepatitis C originally “non-A non-B hepatitis”) is caused by a flavivirus. It can be transmitted through contact with blood (including through sexual contact where the two parties’ blood is mixed) and can also cross the placenta. Hepatitis C may lead to a chronic form of hepatitis, culminating in cirrhosis. It can remain asymptomatic for 10-20 years. Patients with hepatitis C are susceptible to severe hepatitis if they contract either hepatitis A or B, so all hepatitis C patients should be immunized against hepatitis A and hepatitis B if they are not already immune. The virus can cause cirrhosis of the liver.

  12. Hep B is a virus transmitted by blood and sexual contact. Hepatitis A is transmitted by the fecal-oral route…in other words, you have to ingest microscopic amounts of feces to contract it; Hep C is transmitted through blood contact, but blood can be present in semen or vaginal fluids so it can also be sexually transmitted.

    Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver, it can be acute or chronic, and there are other things besides viruses that can cause liver injury – such as tylenol overdose.

    Currently, the medical world is aware of Hep A, B, C, D, E, F & G – some of which can only be present if one of the first three viruses are also present. You should do some internet research, it’s really pretty interesting and I’m sure you could find out a lot on the web.

  13. Yes, their’s A,B and C.

    Hepatitis B is a liver disease.

    Hepatitis B spreads by contact with an infected person’s blood, semen, or other body fluid.

    Hepatitis (HEP-ah-TY-tis) makes your liver swell and stops it from working right.

    You need a healthy liver. The liver does many things to keep you alive. The liver fights infections and stops bleeding. It removes drugs and other poisons from your blood. The liver also stores energy for when you need it.

    Hepatitis A is caused by a virus.

    Hepatitis A is spread by close personal contact with someone else who has the infection.
    ~eating food that has been prepared by someone with hepatitis A
    ~drinking water that has been contaminated by hepatitis A (in parts of the world with poor hygiene and sanitary conditions)

    Hepatitis C is caused by a virus.

    Hepatitis C is spread by contact with an infected person’s blood.
    ~sharing drug needles.

  14. So many wrong answers. Actually there is Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and G. It would take too long to explain each but I suggest you GOOGLE and check out the CDC link at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/ Googling each one would be best. Briefly A is oral/fecal route, B is blood, sex, body fluids, C is blood only, D can only occur if you have B, E is found in Europe and is similar to our A, and G is generally found in coinfected patients with HIV. I have never understood why people just don’t go to http://www.google.com and find out what they need to know instead of posting here.

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