Hepatitis Testing in London
Viral hepatitis that includes hepatitis A (HAV), hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) are diagnosed by conducting a physical examination and blood tests. Sometimes, the doctor may do imaging studies such as a sonogram, CAT scan and liver biopsy.
Who should be screened for hepatitis B virus?
- People who are born in areas where HBV is endemic.
- Men who have had sexual intercourse with another man.
- Intravenous drug users.
- Patients who need to undergo dialysis.
- HIV-infected people.
- Women who are pregnant.
- Family members and sex partners of HBV-infected people even though they had sex only once.
- People who had more than one sex partner within the last six months.
- People who have to depend on medicines will have a weakened immune system.
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Who is at risk for hepatitis C?
- You have received an organ transplant or transfusion earlier.
- You received an organ transplant from a donor who had tested positive later for the disease.
- You have been injected drugs at least once several years ago.
- You received an organ transplant or a blood transfusion.
- You had kidney dialysis for a long time.
- You have showed some signs or symptoms of liver disease.
- You have HIV or known exposure to HCV.
- You have constant elevations of liver blood test known as alanine amino transferase or ALT levels.
- Children who are born to HCV-positive mothers.
4 Things to know about viral hepatitis:
- Hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are different diseases.
- Chronic hepatitis is a major cause of liver cancer.
- Most people suffering from chronic hepatitis do not know they have been infected.
- Getting tested on time could save your life.
What are the treatments available for viral hepatitis?
The treatment depends on the stage and kind of the infection, however, there have been excellent treatments for both hepatitis B and C in the last few years.
Your doctor should be able to provide proper care of hepatitis. However, if you have severe hepatitis, then a hepatologist can help with the needed treatment. Hospitalisation is not needed unless you cannot eat, drink or are vomiting.
Doctors might suggest taking drug therapy for people having certain kinds of hepatitis. Antiviral medication for hepatitis B consists of adefovir (Hepsera), interferon, entecavir (Baraclude), peginterferon, lamivudine (Epivir), tenofovir (Viread) and telbivudine (Tyzeka).
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