World Hepatitis Day 2018
World Hepatitis Day occurs every year on July 28. On this day, people across the world join together to take action and raise awareness concerning how hepatitis impacts the population.
What is Viral Hepatitis?
The CDC states that hepatitis means “inflammation of the liver”. When the liver is inflamed, normal functions such as processing nutrients, filtering blood and fighting infections can be affected. There are five different groups of hepatitis including A, B, C, D and E. However, in the United States, the most prevalent types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C (CDC, 2018). The infections can range from a mild illness to a life-long condition.
How is Hepatitis Transmitted?
Hepatitis A and E are often transmitted by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B, C and D are usually acquired through contact with infected body fluids (WHO, 2016). Modes of transmission for these viruses include contact with contaminated blood or blood products, transmission from mother to baby at birth and also sexual contact.
How can Georgia State University’s Health Services Help?
- Immunization – Students can receive hepatitis A and hepatitis B immunizations at the Student Health Clinic. For more information about immunizations and a variety of other health services provided by the clinic, please call 404-413-1930 for the Atlanta location and 678-891-4105 for the perimeter locations and/or schedule an appointment.
- Testing – Georgia State University’s Student Health Promotion provides free and confidential testing for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia for all Georgia State University students. Free and confidential testing for HIV and Hepatitis C is provided by Vida Life every Monday at the Clarkston campus Student Health Clinic, H building, room 1800, and every Thursday at the Dunwoody campus Student Health Clinic, NT building 1500.