September 23, 2013

The importance of getting Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C testing

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The 21st century has brought with it a renewed sense of sexual liberation, rivaling and even surpassing the liberalization of the “flower power” movement in the 1960s. The difference is, however, that people now are acting a lot less responsibly with their own health than they did back in the 1960s, which is counterintuitive because they have a lot more access now to medical information than they did back then. However, be it because of a general malaise of the newer generations or because of a lack of correct medical information in the information age, many of the young people who are sexually active fail to get tested for STDs or AIDS, and don’t get regular Hepatitis B testing or Hepatitis C testing done, which increases their chances of not only contracting an infection or STD, but also of passing it on to other people, or infecting them. Keep reading to find out more about Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, and to see why it’s so important to get Hepatitis B testing and Hepatitis C testing on a regular basis, to keep your health in check.

There are three main types of Hepatitis: A, B and C. Hepatitis A is the lightest or the least serious form of Hepatitis, and it doesn’t present as much concern as the other two types because, while it can affect a person’s liver and last for months on end, it’s very rarely fatal. But, things are a little different when you’re talking about Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis B causes liver inflammation and can have very serious consequences like cancer, liver failure or even death. A cure for the illness has not yet been developed, but treatments are available which try to prolong the person’s life as much as possible. The best way to prevent getting Hepatitis B is to get vaccinated as a child, between the ages of 1 and 18. Many people don’t show any symptoms when Hepatitis B is in early development, and it’s impossible to treat when it develops into a chronic condition, so early Hepatitis B testing is essential. It’s important to get Hepatitis B testing done regularly, so that you increase your chances of finding the disease early on if you contract it.

The situation is much the same with Hepatitis C, which is a viral liver disease which can be life-threatening. Although Hepatitis C is not as likely to be transmitted sexually as Hepatitis B, it still does happen so you need to be careful. There’s no Hep C Vaccine, as there is for the other two types, which makes it even more important to get regular Hepatitis C testing. Hepatitis C testing is done by analyzing the person’s blood, but no swabbing is necessary, so on the whole it’s not painful or complicated.

If you’re enjoying the sexual revolution of the 21st Century, it’s time to remember that it does not come without responsibility. Do your due diligence and get Hepatitis B testing and Hepatitis C testing on a regular basis, to make sure you’re in the clear to keep enjoying the sexual liberation ushered by this new century.


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