Hepatitus C to G

There are no known vaccinations against any of the following, to the best of my knowledge at the time of this writing.

Most are transmitted only by blood-to-blood transactions. The only one that seems to be transmittable by contaminated water is hepatitus E. Notably, unlike HIV, hepatitus A and hepatitus B, these forms of hepatitus seem much less easily transmitted by sex.

One good general source of information on all hepatitus strains can be found at: http://www.hepatitus-central.com

Below, I attempt to give a brief synopsis.

Hepatitus C

For most people, hepatitus C is not easy to get. It's spread via blood-to-blood transactions.

If you get hepatitus C, it is usually a much worse disease than other forms of hepatitus.

Tests for hepatitus C became available only in 1990, so if you received a blood transfusion from a hospital before then you should check for the antibodies. Hepatitus C often takes more than 10 years to show symptoms of liver damage, and it is very important that people infected take care of themselves such as no or low alcohol consumption.

The best summary file on hepatitus C is here: http://hepatitis-central.com/hcv/whatis/whatishcv.html

... and a broader and more in-depth source of information on hepatitus C is here: http://hepatitis-central.com/hcv/hepatitis/hcvtoc.html

Hepatitus D

Hepatitus D cannot replicate well, and is generally found in conjunction with another hepatitus virus, usually B. Hepatitus D is spread by blood-to-blood transactions.

For more information on hepatitus D: http://www.hepatitis-central.com/hcv/hdv/hepd.html

Hepatitus E

Hepatitus E is known to be transmitted by both blood-to-blood transactions and water contaminated with fecal matter. There is no known vaccination as of the time of this writing. The virus is not well understood. From the information I've read, it seems to have acute symptoms but not longterm ones. However, this may be subject to change.

A good source for further information on hepatitus E is at: http://www.hepatitis-central.com/hcv/hev/toc.html

Hepatitus F

There is no hepatitus F, from what I can tell.

Hepatitus G

Hepatitus G is named after someone whose initials were GB and represents an old blood sample of an infected person. It is a virus that has existed a long time but was isolated and identified only in 1995, though it was suspected about 5 years before.

Hepatitus G is transmitted by blood-to-blood transactions. It is usually associated with hepatitus C infection. It is rarely found on its own.

For more information on hepatitus G: http://www.hepatitis-central.com/hcv/hgv/toc.html




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