Find Out If You Are At Risk for Viral Hepatitis
Take CDC’s online Hepatitis Risk Assessment to find out if you should be tested or vaccinated for viral hepatitis.
Online Hepatitis Risk Assessment
"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver and is usually caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Millions of Americans are living with viral hepatitis but most do not know they are infected. People can live with chronic, or lifelong, hepatitis for decades without having symptoms.
Since chronic hepatitis often does not cause any symptoms, testing is crucial. CDC developed an online Hepatitis Risk Assessment to help determine if you should be vaccinated and/or tested for viral hepatitis. By answering a few questions in a 5 minute assessment, you can receive personalized viral hepatitis testing and vaccination recommendations to discuss with your doctor.
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are Preventable with a Vaccine
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B can both be prevented with vaccines. Due to wide-spread vaccination programs, new cases of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B have dramatically declined over the last 20 years. Both vaccines are recommended for all children, and certain adults.
Chronic Hepatitis Can Lead to Liver Cancer
Some people who get infected with viral hepatitis develop a chronic infection. Unfortunately, more than 4 million Americans are living with chronic Hepatitis B or chronic Hepatitis C. Chronic viral hepatitis can lead to serious liver problems, including liver damage and even liver cancer. Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C have contributed to increased rates of liver cancer in recent decades. In fact, at least half of new liver cancer cases are from chronic Hepatitis C.
Early Detection Can Save Lives
With early detection, many people can get lifesaving care and treatment that can limit disease progression and prevent cancer deaths. To find out if you should be tested or vaccinated, take theHepatitis Risk Assessment. It can help you make important decisions about your health.