Hepatitis G or GBV-C
First described early in 1996 Hepatitis G is another potential viral cause of hepatitis.
The Hepatitis G virus, has been identified and is probably spread by blood and sexual contact.
There is doubt about whether it causes hepatitis or is just associated with hepatitis, as it does not appear to replicate primarily in the liver. It is now classified as GBV-C. Often patients with hepatitis G are infected at the same time by the hepatitis B or C virus, or both.
There is no specific treatment for any form of acute hepatitis. Patients should rest in bed as needed, avoid alcohol, and be sure to eat a balanced diet.
Quick Facts: Hepatitis Symptoms &
Some people who have hepatitis have no symptoms. Others may have;
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes
- Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
Viral hepatitis is the most common cause of hepatitis worldwide. The most common causes of viral hepatitis are the five unrelated hepatotropic viruses hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D (which requires hepatitis B to cause disease), and hepatitis E. Worldwide, sexually transmitted hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of the condition. The presence of jaundice indicates advanced liver damage. On physical examination there may be enlargement of the liver.
The yellow and red ribbon is for hepatitis C awareness. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO and partners urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to “think again” about Hepatitis C, the silent killer.
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