Viral hepatitis is broken down into there types which include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. These are diseases that have an affect on the liver and can produce different hepatitis symptoms and require various treatments.
How do you prevent hepatitis?
There are a number of things a person can do in order to reduce the risks of getting hepatitis. Some of these methods of hepatitis prevention include:
- During sex you or your partner should be using a latex condom.
- You should never share needles, prescription inhalant devices, or take drugs with any other person.
- Make a habit of practicing good personal hygiene and thoroughly wash your hands at least 5 times a day or as needed.
- Never use personal items that belong to another person who is infected with the hepatitis virus. This includes items such as razors or toothbrushes.
- You should take extreme precautions when getting any body piercings, tattoos or pedicures/manicures.
- When getting a tattoo you should make sure that the instruments have been properly cleaned, sealed and/or disposable. Your tattoo artist should never dip into the ink bottle unless the bottle is for a one time use and to be used specifically for you.
- Take extreme precaution when traveling abroad to other areas of the world where they have poor sanitation. It is highly recommended that you get immunized against hepatitis A before leaving the country.
- For those individuals who regularly participate in high risk activities, it is very important that you take the necessary precautions against contracting hepatitis. This is especially true for those who work in a high-risk environment, such as a hospital, medical clinic, nursing home, day care center, tattoo and body piercing establishment or restaurant.