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Get yourself tested for Hepatitis B & C today

Statistics are alarming - approximately one million of 25 million infants born each year in India, will be infected with Hepatitis B virus.

HEPATITIS B & C can be a major
debilitating disease. Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis B virus. Some people get infected with hepatitis B and develop an acute, or short – term, illness, while others develop a chronic, or long term, illness. Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person, having with an infected partner, an infected mother passing it to her baby at birth, or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug – infection equipment.
Testing for Hepatitis B is recommended for the following high risk group:
• People who have had past history of transfusion of blood / blood products(platelets/plasma)
• Patients on dialysis
• Health care workers which includes Doctors, Nurses, Lab Technicians etc.
• Cancer Patients undergoing Chemotherapy
• People who have had tattooing
• People with history of intravenous drug abuse
• Family members of Hepatitis B positive patients
Addressing the issue, Dr. Dinesh Kini, Consultant, Gastroenterologist, Manipal Health Enterprises, says, “The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated. For adults, the hepatitis B is usually given as a 3 shot series during a 6 month period. It is recommended for uninfected sexual partners and household members of anyone infected with hepatitis B, as well as for people with certain risk factors and medical conditions. However, if a person is already infected with Hepatitis B virus, the vaccine does not provide protection against the disease.”
“Testing is also one of the best ways to determine the chronic infection in a person. Many people with chronic hepatitis B will not be aware of it since they do not look or feel sick.  Learning if one is infected is the key to diagnosing Hepatitis B early and getting appropriate medical care in addition”, adds Dr. Dinesh.
To encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis, Manipal Hospital is offering a discounted testing package of Rs. 2320 at Rs. 1500.

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