In the United States alone, nearly 5 million people are estimated to have hepatitis B or hepatitis C. However, 90% of people with hepatitis B and 80% of people with hepatitis
C don’t know they have it. This creates the possibility for millions of people to spread the infection to others without knowing, or develop fatal liver
Here are four ways that hepatitis B and hepatitis C are commonly
Receiving blood transfusions
During childbirth from mother to infant
Sharing razors or toothbrushes
Tattooing or body piercing done without adequately sterilized equipment
The hepatitis B virus can also be spread through having unprotected sex with an infected person.
If you think you could be at risk for either hepatitis B or C, it is important to get tested. If you are unsure of your status, please talk to your primary care physician. The best way to prevent hepatitis B is to get vaccinated. Visit the CDC or World Hepatitis Alliance for the latest information on global efforts to eliminate hepatitis.