Hepatitis B spreads through having sex with someone who is infected, having direct contact with the body fluids or blood of someone who has the disease, and sharing a dirty needle with someone who is infected, explains WebMD. It is also possible for an infected woman to pass the disease to her child during birth. Hepatitis C spreads through the same methods as hepatitis B, though it is far less common to acquire hepatitis C through sexual activity.Continue Reading
Due to extensive testing, the blood exchanged in transfusions is safe. It undergoes screening to ensure that neither virus is present, states WebMD.
The symptoms of hepatitis B and C are the same, notes WebMD. These include feeling ill and having pain in the stomach, dark urine, low-grade fever, poor appetite and excessive tiredness. A yellowing of the skin and eyes is also very common in infected people, as is pale or clay-colored feces. A person with hepatitis B may also experience achy joints.
Several medicines are available to treat hepatitis B, such as Epivir, Interferon, Baraclude and Hepsera, according to WebMD. Some people with hepatitis C notice a decline in symptoms if taking a combination of the medicines peginterferon alpha and ribavirin. The side effects of this drug combination are severe anemia and birth defects.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases