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Types of Hepatitis Virus and its Transmission

Hepatitis virus causes liver inflammation that can be acute or chronic, and one of many types – the main ones being hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. It can also lead to fibrosis, liver cirrhosis, or liver cancer.

The main causes of hepatitis are contaminated food and water and infected body fluids. Thus any activity that allows this kind of contact can transmit the virus and lead to infection. Symptoms may or may not show up, and include yellowing of the eyes and skin, nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain, dark urine, etc.

The following are the types of hepatitis virus and their modes of transmission:

  1. Hepatitis A – This virus causes inflammation which takes about two months to heal. It is spread through contaminated food and water, or close contact with an infected person. Unhygienic practices, eating raw seafood from polluted water, having sexual relations with an infected person, etc. are some routes of transmission.
  2. Hepatitis B – The acute form takes less than six months to heal, but if it is chronic then the recovery period is more than six months. It may also develop into long-term liver damage, liver cirrhosis, or liver cancer. Infected body fluids such as blood, saliva, semen, vaginal discharge, etc., are major conduits for transmitting the virus. Thus, unprotected sex, sexual contact with an infected person, sharing needles and other such equipment, visiting places with high HBV infection rates, etc., are all risk factors. The virus may also be passed on from mother to baby during childbirth.
  3. Hepatitis C – It may be acute or chronic, and rarely reveals itself through symptoms. This virus spreads through contaminated blood and other fluids. Coming in contact with an infected needle, using dirty equipment for transfusions and transplants, sharing tattoo needles, being born in an era or in a place with high HCV rates, all increase risk of contracting the disease. Hepatitis C can also be transmitted from a mother to baby during childbirth.
  4. Hepatitis D – It only infects people who are infected by hepatitis B. It can be acute or chronic, and occurs suddenly with severe symptoms. The virus is spread through infected fluids such as semen, urine, vaginal discharge, blood, etc.
  5. Hepatitis E – This is an acute condition which usually goes away on its own, but may lead to acute liver failure in extreme cases. Contamination by faecal matter is a major cause of the disease, so visiting areas with poor sanitation and high hepatitis rates may place you at a risk. It may also be transmitted through infected animal products, childbirth, etc.

Other causes of hepatitis include alcohol and drugs, and autoimmune disease that turns against the liver. Heredity, a history of infections like herpes simplex and measles, certain autoimmune diseases, and simply being female can increase risk for autoimmune hepatitis.

Avoiding all these factors that can lead to infection is possible if you maintain proper hygiene and get vaccinated against the viruses. If you suspect that you’re at risk, it is advisable to get tested as early as possible. Book an appointment at Apollo Diagnostics for quick and accurate testing.

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You will get a call within 12 Hrs from the time of Booking. *T&C – Free home sample collection is not available on specific tests. Pediatric home sample collection ( kids below 10 years age ) is available at specific cities only

Patient Testimonials

“Excellence of Apollo Diagnostics is already a recognized fact across India. Adding more strength to their reputation is their caring nature and supportive attitude. I’ll always prefer to take their services than selecting mediocre quality making any compromise with my health.”

Mr. Shahul Hameed, Chennai

Mrs. Turni, Kolkata

“The way Apollo Diagnostics kept me at ease during the sample collection process, the way they supported me to be at my convenience and confidence is really something I’ll always remember. They were also flawless in maintaining the hygiene. Hats off to them!”

Mr. Laxmi Kantham, Hyderabad

“Awesome is probably the one word to express my views about Apollo Diagnostics. Efficiency, punctuality, compassion, sincerity…I’ll give high marks to them in all of these. Great going, Apollo!”

Shivaraj Kadam, Pune

“Thanks for the seamless service. Based on my experience I can assure that, be it quality or punctuality, Apollo Diagnostics is one name to trust and depend on.”

Mr. Thomas, Mysuru

“Excellent sense of timing! The technician arrived right on time. He was really well-trained, in terms of his skill and manner, as well. Apollo Diagnostics is doing a great job.”

Subbalakshmi, Vizag

“Appreciate the quality of service that I’ve received from Apollo Diagnostics. Their competence, caring nature, sincerity, valuing customer’s time – all these together have shaped them as the most trusted diagnostic service provider in the country.
Keep up the good work!

Mrs. Pravati Dash, Bengaluru

“My mother needed a blood test, but was unable to walk due to pain in her leg. A Phlebotomist from Apollo Diagnostics came home and collected the sample. I was informed, via SMS, that the report could be collected from any of the 3 centres in Dibrugarh, downloaded online or even delivered home for a nominal fee. Although the rates were reasonable, my mother also received a senior citizens discount too! This saved my time, money & energy. My aachhe din really seemed to have arrived! Thank you Apollo Diagnostics and hats off for displaying true professionalism.”

Mr. Alokk Kar Dowerah, Dibrugarh

“Whenever I need to have a blood sample collected from home, I ask for Vasu. He is punctual, courteous and so skilled I hardly feel any pain when he draws the sample. Plus, I truly appreciate how quickly the reports are delivered. Thanks Apollo!”

Mr. Sukumar, Film director, Sriram Nagar, Hyderabad

“Their accurate understanding of customer’s needs is one thing that set them apart and ahead of all others. As a result, it becomes easier for them to deliver the right service, that with their matchless efficiency and care to ensure less pain and easily accomplished sample collection. Apollo Diagnostics is simply doing an amazing job!”

Soundarya Abhirami, Hyderabad

“The overall service standard of Apollo Diagnostics is admirably high. The technician was punctual and well-behaved, and has the genuine skill to collect the test sample without troubling the customer. These are probably some of the major reasons for them to be the best in India.”

Mrs. Lakshmi, Chennai

“The most crucial factor with Apollo Diagnostics is that they always train their Phlebotomists so well that the team consistently remains efficient and punctual and we receive a premium quality diagnostic service. Good job. Keep it up.”

Mr. Amit Kumar Patil, Bengaluru