World Hepatitis Day is July 28th, making now the perfect time to focus on ways that you can help protect yourself and your community against this dangerous illness.
Preventing against hepatitis is an important step in preserving your overall health. Here are some steps that will help you do just that.
How Can You Prevent Hepatitis?
You can protect yourself from getting hepatitis A or B by getting vaccinated for it. The hepatitis B vaccine has been shown to be over 90% effective when all of the doses are administered properly. Similarly, the CDC calls the hepatitis A vaccine “highly effective” against the disease. There isn’t a vaccine for hepatitis C yet. Almost anyone could benefit from the vaccine, but it is particularly recommended for people who live with a person who has hepatitis, people who risk infection at their jobs, people who already have an STD, and injection drug users.
Practice Safe Sex
Safe sex practices are very effective at preventing hepatitis. Abstinence is the best method of protection, but the proper use of condoms and dental dams is also a good way to prevent all types of hepatitis. You can also lower you risk by committing to a monogamous relationship with a person who agrees to the same commitment. Making sure that all of your sexual partners have recently been screened for STDs is another excellent way to protect yourself against hepatitis.
Use Good Hygiene
Hepatitis A is contracted through fecal matter, so good hygiene is a great barrier to help prevent infection. Always wash your hands after you go to the restroom, before you eat, and after you change a baby’s diaper. If you are travelling in an area where the water may not be safe to drink, you should make sure to drink only bottled water and to use bottled water for brushing your teeth. You should avoid drinks with ice when traveling in areas with hepatitis outbreaks. Remember that if bottled water is unavailable, the next best option is to boil your water before drinking or cooking with it.
Protect Yourself Against Hepatitis With STD Testing at ARCpoint Labs
A major step in any hepatitis prevention plan is to make sure that you aren’t already infected. You can easily do this with comprehensive STD testing by ARCpoint Labs! Our nationwide walk-in facilities are clean and comfortable, and results are always accurate and confidential. If you’re serious about fighting hepatitis for yourself and those around you, we can get you the test results you need.
To learn more about our hepatitis testing services, find your nearest ARCpoint Labs today.