is the condition in which your liver becomes inflamed. The liver,
which is the body’s largest internal organ, is responsible for
digesting food, storing energy and taking toxins out of the body.
When it’s inflamed, you may not feel hungry, and experience nausea,
vomiting, abdominal pains and diarrhea. Other symptoms of hepatitis
include yellowing of eyes and skin and dark-colored urine.
the disease is not treated, it can cause liver cirrhosis and cancer.
so many health problems associated with hepatitis, you must learn
about the different types to keep yourself safe. The most common kind
of liver disease is viral hepatitis, which is classed as hepatitis A,
B or C, and is spread through the sharing of needles or contaminated
to Imperial College of London researchers, viral hepatitis is the
primary cause of disability and death around the world. The
researchers claim it kills just as many people as tuberculosis,
HIV/AIDS or malaria, using information from 183 countries from 1990
hepatitis is even spread through sexual contact, which makes knowing
the information especially important to your health. If a person is
infected with the hepatitis virus, you can catch it if you have
unprotected sex with them. What information should you know about
sexual contact and each type of hepatitis?
and Hepatitis A
A is spread through fecal matter, usually on contaminated food.
However, it can also be spread through direct anal-oral contact or
fingers or objects that have come into contact with the anus of an
infected individual. An infection can occur even in minuscule
Transmission is possible with any type of sexual activity with an infected individual. Even using condoms may not prevent transmission of the disease. The only surefire way to prevent the transmission of hepatitis A is to get a vaccine for it.
and Hepatitis B
is a sexually transmitted disease, and if you have sex with a person
with, your chances of getting it is high. It’s up to 100 times more
infectious than even HIV. The virus can be found in semen, saliva and
vaginal fluids. Anal or oral sex can also transmit the virus.
you cannot catch it by holding a person’s hand or giving them a
is usually seen among the unvaccinated who have sex with multiple
people. Anyone who has sex with a chronic hepatitis B infection is
increasing their chance of getting it. Homosexual men are up to 15
times more likely to be diagnosed with hepatitis B.
to Infectious Diseases Society of America researchers, there was a
case of where two patients at a dental office were infected with
hepatitis B, but this rarely happens. Still, with the universal
vaccination, it’s possible neither case would have occurred.
another study from Wake Forest University School of Medicine,
researchers found that using highly active antiretroviral therapy for
prolong use could help. The treatment was used to help people
infected with both hepatitis B and HIV. What they learned was that
hepatitis B was more manageable, delaying or preventing complications
with the liver.
and Hepatitis C
isn’t as common as hepatitis A or B, but it is possible to be
spread through sexual contact. It’s possible to get the disease by
touching an infected individual’s blood, especially if you have
open sores or cuts in the genital region. Men could get it if they
have sex with a woman during her period.
disease is prominent among people who have multiple partners.
who have Hep. C have nothing to worry about so long as they’re in a
monogamous relationship. HCV transmission between an infected partner
and non-infected partner is very rare.
you are HIV positive, have more than one sex partner or like rough
sex, you increase your risk for spreading the disease. There is no
hepatitis C vaccine at this time, which means the only way to prevent
it is to protect yourself altogether. Do not share needles and don’t
have sex with people you don’t know.
with any STD, the person’s behavior dictates whether or not they
get an STD. Many studies have concluded that women are far more
likely to sexually contract hepatitis C than men.
College of London researchers conducted a study that included a
comprehensive package of screening, prevention and interventions to
eliminate the possible 15 million new hep. C infections. In turn,
this could hinder the diagnosis and deaths of liver cancer and
cirrhosis… with a goal of 2030.
Sex Acts Should You Avoid Engaging In?
reduce the spread of hepatitis A, B or C, there are several sex acts
that needed to be avoided – to ensure no cuts or scratch occur and
increase the chance of transmission. They include:
- Avoiding anal sex, which is much riskier than vaginal sex.
- Do not engage in oral-to-anal contact.
If you plan to have sex with an infected partner, be sure to use a condom or female condom, creating a barrier between the fluids and blood of each partner. It’s also important to get vaccinated for both hepatitis A and B. There is currently no hepatitis C vaccine.