Hepatitis A is one of the most terrifying diseases in the world. However, despite the fact that the disease has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Hepatitis A. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Certain People Are More Likely to Get Hepatitis A Than Others
If you’ve recently traveled to developing countries, live with someone who’s been diagnosed with Hep A, use illegal drugs, have unprotected sex, or provide child care, then you’re more at risk of being infected with Hep A. It’s also true that gay men who participate in gay sex are more likely to contract the disease.
Number Fourteen: The Disease Is Transmitted Through Feces
Gross, but true. It’s possible to get Hep A by eating food made by an infected person who didn’t wash his or her hands, drinking untreated water, or having sex with an infected person.
Number Thirteen: It’s OK for Infected Mothers to Breastfeed
Though some infected mothers might be concerned their babies could become infected from breastfeeding, it’s perfectly OK. However, infected mothers should probably refrain from any contact with their babies unless they’re in a sterile environment.
Number Twelve: It’s Usually Symptomless
However, this isn’t always true. When people do experience symptoms, they often include fatigue, soreness, fever, diarrhea, and jaundice.
Number Eleven: It Usually Gets Better on Its Own
Within a few weeks of contracting Hep A, most people get better. Even without treatment, this is the case.
Number Ten: It’s the Seventh Most Reported Infectious Disease in the U.S.
It’s true! Hep A comes in seventh after gonorrhea, chicken pox, syphilis, AIDS, salmonellosis, and shigellosis.
Number Nine: More Than One Million Cases Are Reported Every Year
In fact, 1.4 million cases are reported around the world every year. And that’s not including the cases that don’t get reported! Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Hepatitis A, coming soon!