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Student Center for Health & Counseling
Cedar

(218) 755-2053
(218) 755-2024
Fax: (218) 755-2750
 

1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #42
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907

Questions: kreiplinger@bemidjistate.edu

Information on Hepatitis A, B and C

Type Transmission Infection Complication Vaccine Available?
A
  • Having close personal contact with an infected person:
    • Men having sex with men (fecal-oral)
    • Illegal drug users
  • Contaminated food or water
  • Severe liver infection (hepatitis)
  • Sickness for up to 6 months
Yes
B
  • Getting infected blood or body fluid in an open cut (like during a fight)
  • Getting tattoos and/or body piercings
  • Passing it from mother to child during birth and after
  • Sharing toothbrushes and/or razors
  • Having unsafe sex
  • Sharing needles and/or syringes
  • Snorting cocaine
  • Severe liver infection (hepatitis)
  • Long-term liver infection
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver cancer
Yes
C
  • Sharing needles and/or syringes
  • Contact with infected blood
  • Long-term liver infection
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver cancer
No

Know How to Protect Yourself

  • Play it safe: Don't do the things that would put you at risk!
  • Get Vaccinated
    • There are vaccines to protect you against hepatitis A and hepatitis B
    • You can get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B even if you have hepatitis C

Don't take the risk! Take the vaccine! Ask your nurse for the vaccine today.

Information from Know your risk or you may get sick, information page by SmithKline Beecham, May 2000. More detailed information and brochures available at the Student Center for Health and Counseling. 

Seek the advice of a medical care provider if you have any concerns about your own health.