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http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/TestingDay/index.htm. There is much optimism that this new date will raise awareness for this debilitating disease that claims lives.
Hepatitis is often asymptomatic in its early stages, allowing the disease to rage warfare on the liver and create damage that can become chronic, life-altering and even deadly. There are three different types of hepatitis, each with its own mode of transmission, however all three can cause serious problems for the host body. According to the CDC, Hepatitis A is contracted by anything contaminated by fecal matter from someone with this disease, including food handled in unsanitary conditions and unclean drinking water sources. The symptoms and intensity of the disease vary and can last from weeks to months. Hepatitis B is a blood and bodily-fluid transmitted disease which can be contracted through sexual intercourse, sharing of needles and other forms of blood and fluid transmission. Hepatitis C is blood-borne and often contracted via shared needles; however there had been cases of people being infected by blood products and organ transplants before testing was readily available. Both Hepatitis B and C can become lifelong, chronic diseases that can result in debilitating symptoms and can ultimately cause death.
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