Sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) are infections that are spread through sexual contact with an infected person or multiple partners. Despite the invention of protections such as condoms, STDs continue to wreak havoc and claim lives worldwide.
We've all heard about how dangerous HIV is and how lethal it is. Additionally, we've heard and learned about the seriousness of herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Herpes and gonorrhea are not to be trifled with. Indeed, a new strain of gonorrhea has emerged that is resistant to antibodies and other antigonorrhea drugs.
Individuals rarely discuss hepatitis infection. Indeed, health professionals are complicit in it and are only speaking out now that the number of people living with it has risen to alarming levels.
All three types of hepatitis (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C) are caused by a lethal virus and are transmitted via sexual contact with an infected person. This virus attacks and damages the liver. Hepatitis B is the most prevalent of the three.
How Serious Is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a long-term infection caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). When left untreated or diagnosed too late, it can progress to long-term liver-related health problems such as liver cancer, cirrhosis, liver failure, or even death. They, like HIV, can survive in the body for years without causing symptoms. In some people, particularly those who were infected as children, the virus may take on another dimension, resulting in early death. Here's why routine check-ups are beneficial.
The Hepatitis B Vaccine Is The Only Treatment Option
Many people contract this disease because they are not vaccinated or are unaware of the Hepatitis B Virus and its vaccine. This virus spreads more quickly than HIV, causes more deaths, and currently lacks a cure. Hepatitis B can only be prevented by vaccinating as soon as possible. The hepatitis b vaccine provides at least ten years of protection against hepatitis and is available at all federal and state hospitals.
How Can You Avoid Contracting Hepatitis B?
To help prevent the spread of this disease, every household should receive the vaccine, which provides lifetime immunity to the virus. Additionally, sex with multiple partners should be restricted, as it is a leading cause of all STDs, including hepatitis b.
While Hepatitis B is lethal and on the rise, particularly in Africa, it does have a vaccine that provides immunity.
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